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. And the Lord appeared unto him, and said, Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of:Genesis 26:1-2.
Famine occurs once in every generation, the norm rather than the exception. The season of lack is followed by that of plenty, it’s a natural cycle. One of the reasons for migration is lack, dryness, hunger and scarceness. The covenant is the sure exemption from these. Many seek after places or palaces to hide from famines and scarcity. Isaac was on the move down to Egypt but stopped over at Gerar. Those that are moved by circumstances and situations go down this path. It is customary for to seek prominent citizens & places of refuge to dwell in.
Kings become the source of supply for many during austerity. No wonder some end up as slaves, living by praise singing & sycophancy. When the King becomes the source or purse, he also doubles as a god. God is either the King, source & supply or the King is the source & god,
“If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures. But if they obey not, they shall perish by the sword, and they shall die without knowledge.”Job 36:11-12.
God is not in need, the famine is not the exhaustion of his resources. Austerity is a great opportunity for prosperity, the Covenant prospers in austerity. By the voice of God, Isaac was delivered from going down to Egypt. He was saved from being stranded in the palace with the King as his source. He was exempted from famine by the force of the covenant. The choice is yours, access to God’s unlimited resources by the covenant or the kings purse and a famine. Many have settled for the latter, may that not be you. There is no famine, lack, dry season, scarceness & austerity in the covenant. The covenant is the eternal exemption from austerity and the key to prosperity. The Isaac treatment and experience awaits you in the covenant. You are going up by the covenant instead of going down into Egypt.
“Then Isaac sowed in that land and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants:and the Philistines envied him.”Genesis 26:12-14.