The Lord appeared to Isaac twice in Genesis 26. In verses 1-6, God gave him direction during the famine, and His appearance and reassurance of His promises first made to Abraham anticipated what follows in the narrative: Isaac lied about his wife because he was afraid for his life, even though God had just reminded him that He would be with him and bless him.
The second appearance by God followed Isaac’s deception and a conflict over wells with the herdsmen of Gerar. This time when the Lord appeared to Isaac, He comforted him. Isaac did not have to be afraid; God was with him and would bless him. God’s timing reveals His graciousness and mercy in His dealings with us. We might expect God to have come in discipline—Isaac had lied and was struggling to find water. But He didn’t. He came with comfort and hope, reminding Jacob, and us, that His promises are based on His character, not ours.
How has God been gracious to comfort you, even in times when you did not deserve it?