Genesis, Chapter 26, Verse 24
The same night the LORD appeared to him (Isaac) and said: I am the God of Abraham, your father. Do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for the sake of Abraham, my servant.
Often times when are lives are full of trouble it is hard to think of God’s presence and to realize we are His children and we should be about His business. Isaac is involved in a dispute over water rights. In a sparsely watered land, wells were precious and claims on water could function as a kind of claim on the land. God helps Abimelech, the King, to realize that Isaac has brought blessing to his people and thus to desire to make a covenant with him the day following Isaac’s dream. When I was in the military we had a witty maxim for this; “It is hard to remember your mission was to drain the swamp when you are up to your arse in alligators.” When our lives are so busy fighting off the alligators that we do not take time to listen or pray to God; that is when God may approach us in our dreams. Isaac was reassured by God not to fear for He is with Him.
In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. (1 Peter: 6-7)
Time after Epiphany
God does not expect us to be showmen but like the Magi and shepherds we do need to show up and offer our gifts of time, treasure and talents. Spend some time with the Lord to discover his will for you.
On this date frontiersman Buffalo Bill Cody died in 1917,