Posted on 22nd Mar 2021
“…and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land” Genesis 26:22 Isaac arrived at Rehoboth, a place of rest, peace, fruitfulness and prosperity. Rehoboth is the dream destination of every human being. It symbolizes endless expansion, enlargement and continuous growth. Every one of us wants to enjoy the unlimited prosperity that Rehoboth represents. However, just as is the case for Isaac, most of us will need to make a journey to arrive at that destination. Isaac’s journey started from an environment best described as dry and unfruitful but he arrived at a place of enlargement and prosperity. Dissecting Isaac’s journey to Rehoboth holds important lessons for us as we navigate the road to our own ‘land of rest and fruitfulness’. “And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar” Genesis 26:1 At the beginning, Isaac’s circumstances were that of famine and barrenness, of dryness and hunger. It was a situation of anxiety, fear and economic chaos. The Bible notes that the famine was similar in severity to that which Abram experienced some years before. This suggests that it was a famine of an international (maybe global) scale. “And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.” Genesis 12:10 In responding to the economic downturn and food crisis, Isaac wanted to follow Abram’s template by relocating to Egypt. Isaac was doing what any natural man would do- seeking greener pastures. It is natural for us to move away from a barren, dry land to seek a more fruitful land: to migrate from a dry economy to a place we consider more fertile - it is simply survival instinct. Often when faced with challenges of life, our natural instinct kicks in, nudging us to change location, to run from the challenges, to seek the easier path. It is therefore not surprising that Isaac had embarked on the journey to Egypt. However, when he got to Gerar, God paid him a visit and spoke to him. “And the LORD appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:” Genesis 26:2 The first step in Isaac’s journey to Rehoboth was that he heard the voice of God. Isaac received instructions from God.