“There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.” –Genesis 26:1
Trials, tests, and temptations are all part and parcel of our time here, in the in-between time—in the time between God‘s promise to prepare a place for us and the fulfillment of the promise…the day He comes to pick us up and take us home.
So until that day, there will be tests from the Lord to try our faith, temptations from the enemy to try and destroy our faith, and trials when they all seem to mix together and happen at the same time.
Similar to the trials that we see Isaac endure in Genesis 26. And yet, in the end, there is an affirmation—a word from the Lord—in the midst of these trials that emboldens his faith. In the midst of all this mess, God mercifully affirms to Isaac, “I am with you.”
Isn't that all we need to hear in this in-between time, during the tests, temptations, and trials?
“I am with you.”
It’s a merciful affirmation since all of us (including Isaac) have given God every right and every reason not only to leave us, not only to forsake us but to end us altogether. And yet, God mercifully says, “I will never leave you. I will never forsake you. I will always be with you, even unto the end of the age.”