Gen 26:1-14, 2 Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you;…
Severe famine was the force behind Isaac’s plan to go to Egypt as his father Abram earlier did (he fled to Egypt to escape a famine, Gen 12). He was following his father’s footsteps trying to act responsible. God in His providence would demonstrate to Isaac that He has more ways than one to meet needs.
As Isaac planned to go to Egypt, God instructed him to stay put and sow on the same dryland promising to bless him. Human thoughts exhausted reasoning as Egypt looked very promising. God tried Isaac by His providence, Isaac needed to trust Him. God’s blessings on this dry land were to be also a testimony to king Abimelech and his people to recognize a blessed man.
Sometimes the ground you plan to run from could be the ground of your thriving. Furthermore, your testimony to those in your Gerar who have never learned to trust God with where they are will see that it’s not about a place but about God. God is faithful.