New American Standard Bible (NASB)
24 The Lord appeared to [Isaac] the same night and said,
“I am the God of your father Abraham;
Do not fear, for I am with you.
I will bless you, and multiply your [a]descendants,
For the sake of My servant Abraham.”
It was the same night Isaac went to Beersheba. Do you think this revelation from God was an accident? Do you think the time of it was an accident? Do you believe it could have happened any other night as well as this one? If so, you are grievously mistaken. Why did it come to Isaac the night he reached Beersheba? Because that was the night he reached (rest). In his old land he had been tormented. There had been a whole series of petty quarrels over the ownership of insignificant wells. There is nothing like little worries of small permissions tempting you, even after strife was offer, the place held bad memories for Isaac. Therefore he was determined to leave and seek a change of scenery. He pitched his tent far away from the place of his former strife. That very night the revelation came. God spoke to him when there was no inner storm, He could not speak to Isaac when his mind was troubled. God’s voice demands the silence of the soul. Only in the quiet of the spirit could Isaac hear the garments of his God brush by him. His still night became his shining night, Hallelujah!!
My soul, have you pondered these words: “Be still, and know”(Ps.46:10)? In the hour of distress, you cannot hear the answer to your prayers. How often has the answer seemed to come much later! The heart heard no reply during the moment of its crying, its thunder, its earth quake, and its fire. But once the crying stopped, once the stillness came, once your hand refrained from knocking on the iron gate, and once concern for other lives broke through the tragedy of your own life, the long awaited reply appeared. You must rest, O soul, to receive your heart’s desire. Show the beating of your heart over concerns for your personal care. Place the storm of your individual troubles on God’s alter of everyday trials, and the same night, the Lord will appear to you. His rainbow will extend across the subsiding flood, and in your stillness you will hear the everlasting music.
My wife and I had this encounter occur for us after Christmas, we were relocated into a peaceful place of our own. We begin to pray, God let’s exchange our weakness for your strength, here’s our worship O Lord, please hear our prayer for your presence in our situation. Lord bless the hearts of our enemies and friends, allow us to hear your garments brush against our hearts, give us an encounter with your precious spirit. Lord please allow us to move in spirit rather than our flesh in relationship with you and your people. The Lord has been faithful in all His ways associated with His favor and promises. We are truly blessed to have Him so near and I would imagine you feeling the same way. Smile beloved when you encounter storms, because all you have to do is lift your voice to your God and get still and He will answer you.
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