Genesis 26:1 “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.”

…From yesterday…

Where did Isaac run to for help? Why is this help destructive?

When the famine became severe, Isaac ran to Abimelech, king of the Philistines who lived in Gerar. That was the only thought in the mind of Isaac. He ran to a fellow man for help. The truth is that Abimelech might be king, but he had to deal with the famine too.

Many of the people we normally run to for help have their own famine as well. You may think they look better, wealthier and more connected than you but their own famine might even be worse than yours. The only personality that famine does not affect is the LORD God Himself.

Isaac didn’t consider this point, he has totally forgot about the time when God ended the famine of barrenness in his home. He feels Abimelech could offer a quick fix, just like many of us but unfortunately he was very wrong!

The name Abimelech means an earthly king. While Philistines means immigrant or rolling in the dust and Gerar means to destroy. We can infer from this that: Isaac went to an earthly king, who made him roll in the dust with the intent of destroying him.

Beloved, every time we go look for help from our own version of “Abimelech”, we are in danger of disgrace and destruction. When you seek for help from people based on your own assumptions and conclusion, you are looking for a destructive help!

Psalms 60:11 “Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.”

David has learnt from experience that the only authentic help and helper is God.

Psalms 46:1 “GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.” (AMP)

Friend, another name for God is HELP! Always call on Him first!

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