“Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land.” – Genesis 12:10 (NKJV)
“There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar. Then the Lord appeared to him and said: ‘Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you…” – Genesis 26: 1-3a (NKJV)
In Genesis 12, during a time of great economic hardship, Abraham decided to relocate his entire family down to Egypt and was blessed as a result.
So years later, when his son Isaac experienced a famine just like the one his dad had gone through, Isaac’s first thought would have naturally been
“I’ll do exactly what I saw work for dad!!!”
But God had other plans.
God instructions for Isaac were to remain right there where he presently was if he wanted to be blessed.
If we’re not careful, it can become so easy for us to look at someone else’s testimony and think to ourselves, “If I saw it work that EXACT WAY for them, why wouldn’t it work that EXACT SAME WAY for me?”
If THEY quit their job and became a millionaire, why shouldn’t I quit mine??
If THEY got married less than 6 months after their first date, why shouldn’t I hurry up and tie the knot??
If THEY decided never to leave the church that our entire family was raised up in, why shouldn’t I decide to stay there forever too?
Make no mistake about it: God is NOT a respecter of persons.
But that does not mean that God is obligated to do for you what He did for someone else in the EXACT SAME WAY He did it for them.
God only obligates Himself to confirm your obedience to the specific instructions that He has given to you!
So what is God instructing YOU to do?
Where is He telling YOU to be?
What is He commanding specifically of YOU?
“Egypt” may be someone else’s testimony but that doesn’t mean it will necessarily be yours!
Carve out the time to find out God’s specific instructions for you…
It’s in that specific place of obedience where you’ll find His blessing and favor for your life!!
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