Remove Fear with Action

Denise Vredevoogd

Read: Genesis 26:6-25

Fear not, for I am with you and will bless you. (v. 24)

Genesis 26 reads like a contemporary novel, full of plot twists and intrigue, deception, ruined relationships, jealousy, and fear. In this chapter, Isaac has become very wealthy and his neighbors are jealous and nervous. After digging several wells that were either stopped up or confiscated by his enemies, Isaac finally digs a well that no one quarrels about, so he names it “Rehoboth,” saying, “For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land” (v. 22). That night God appears and tells Isaac not to fear, assuring him of his presence and blessing.

Isaac responds to God’s visit and promise to bless him and his offspring with four positive actions: he builds an altar, calls on the Lord’s name, pitches his tent, and tells his servants to dig another well. Instead of wallowing in fear, Isaac responds with worship and prayer.

Perhaps you live or work in an environment that is hostile to Christians. Many things make it difficult to obey God’s call to follow him: governments, social pressures, secular culture, or neighbors; even our own family and friends can make it hard for us. To counteract our fear, like Isaac we can respond with positive action and obedience, trusting that God is with us. How will we follow Isaac’s example and build our own altars in worship, call on God’s name, pitch our proverbial tents, and dig in? —Denise Vredevoogd

Prayer: God of our fathers, show us positive actions we can take to eliminate fear and do your will.