A Familiar Commission
“Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father.”
Let’s get personal, friend. In life, don’t you sometimes wish God would give you a personal calling that’s just for you? Maybe, by now, you’d hoped to start your own business or church or ministry, but for the past many years you’ve been working as a cog in the wheel of someone else’s calling. Maybe you’ve been yearning for God to breathe a Pentecostal fire over your faith, but already today you’ve found yourself re-enacting yesterday’s motions. I wonder if Isaac feels that way here in Genesis 26. This isn’t really a new vow, after all. It’s a hand-me-down promise to his father. So I can’t help but wonder if one side of him rejoices at the thought of being included in God’s covenant promise; but the other side frowns at the thought of being an addendum to someone else’s.
Listen, friend: Isaac can only attain the benefit of God’s blessing to Abraham if he chooses to take it as a one-of-a-kind commission just for him. And the same is true for us today.