Gen 26:6 So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.
Isaac was told not to go to Egypt in the time of a famine, but instead to dwell in the land of the Philistines at Gerar. Gerar means: to ruminate, bring up the cud.

Ruminating or meditating is not always a good thing. It depends on what we meditate on. If we allow our minds to constantly think upon things that we cannot change we will get anxious. If we are always thinking about our problems and the past mistakes we made then our meditation will bring some kind of negative results in our lives.

God was going to do some work in Isaac here at Gerar. His father Abraham had lived here as well. And it was at that time that the king of Gerar whose title was "Abimelech" took Sarah from Abraham to be his wife, for Abraham had said, "She is my sister."

In Abraham's heart was a root of fear. Yes, the Father of our faith - father Abraham was a fearful man.
Gen 20:11 And Abraham said, "Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife.
Now Abraham's son Isaac is about to yield to fear as well. God could have allowed Isaac to go down to Egypt to wait out the famine there, but instead He wanted Isaac to deal with some things. It was necessary that Isaac and Rebekah live among the Philistines. Sometimes it may seem like we are living in the wrong location, wrong town, because so many things go wrong there. But God deliberately brings us to these places to deal with things in us. He causes the hidden things to appear so that they may dealt with. This is necessary for us to go on with Him. He knows it, we do not.
Gen 26:7 And the men of the place asked about his wife. And he said, "She is my sister"; for he was afraid to say, "She is my wife," because he thought, "lest the men of the place kill me for Rebekah, because she is beautiful to behold."
I cannot even imagine what Isaac's betrayal of his dear wife Rebekah did to her that day. He lied to save his own neck. He disowned his own wife, the mother of his two boys. How did she feel about that!? Who knows, maybe she enjoyed the attention of the Philistine men and used it to stir up her husband's desire for her? Pay back for selling her out to them. I am sure Hollywood could make a big deal out of this. As with Sarah, so Rebekah was a stunning looking woman. She was a head turner.

Isaac and Rebekah had two sons by this time as the previous chapter tells us. They are presumably at least in their teenage years or older. We know that Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah. She may have been a young teenager at the time. Now in Gerar, Isaac may be about 60 years old and his wife may have only been about 35, still very young in those days.

Isaac's fear is something I believe he inherited from his father Abraham. It does not really matter, what matters is that he was afraid and did not trust God in this area. No doubt he had long meditated on such an event happening. In his own land the fear was hidden away and did not cause much concern to him. Everyone would have commented on how beautiful his wife is. Now in a strange land, the attention of the Philistine men upon his wife brings that hidden fear to the surface. It is not a fear of losing his wife to another man though, but of being killed by them.
Gen 26:8 Now it came to pass,
when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked through a window, and saw, and there was Isaac, showing endearment to Rebekah his wife.
The arrangement was a strange one for a man of faith. FOR A LONG TIME ISAAC WAS LIVING A LIE!! For a long time he was pretending to be Rebekah's brother only. How many people are on Facebook and other social media sites pretending to be single? How many people take off their wedding ring to hide the fact that they are married? God knows exactly what is going on. I have had Him deal with me over this!

A root of fear will lead to all kinds of sin branching out from it's base. Fear of being killed led to Abraham and Isaac lying through their teeth. Every one of us have defects like this. These are the things God wants to uproot. To do that He will bring us into situations where the Root dominates us so that we can see its effect and want it dealt with.

Both Abraham and Isaac were made to look foolish in the eyes of the Philistines, they were humbled through their yielding to fear. It is at these time that God is digging around the root to loosen its hold in our lives. Sometimes it takes many such failures as we give in to the fear in our heart and it brings us low again and again.

The Father will pull it out with His love so that we may trust Him fully with everything including death.
Gen 26:11 So Abimelech charged all his people, saying, "He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death."
Gen 26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him.
Gen 26:13 The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous;
Gen 26:14 for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.
As a result of confessing his sin of fear to the King of the Philistines God causes that king to favour Isaac by commanding __protection around him and Rebekah.

Isaac had been afraid of them, now the King has pronounced to all the men not to touch either of them. God wanted to deal with the root of fear in Isaac so that he could bless him. In a famine, Isaac prospered greatly and went on prospering even while living in the land of the enemy. Fear will stop up the wells of blessing in our lives. We do not now even know that fear is there, but God does and He will organise to remove it by bringing us face to face with it.

Isaac sowed in the land of his humiliation. In the place where he had failed before all the people, even the King, he now sows his seed of faith and God blesses him. This is OVERCOMING. The day that he, like his father had been put in the position of confessing his sin of fear to the King, was the day that fear lost its grip on his life. The Father wanted to bless Isaac but fear was hindering Isaac's faith.

We are not told that Isaac prospered like this anywhere before he moved to Gerar. Fear will stop us from believing God in certain areas. We may have faith in many areas and appear to be a person of faith, but God knows the secret fears even if we do not. Therefore because He loves us and wants to do us good He arranges for us to move to a place where the players will push our fear buttons.

Isaac was living a lie. It is what we do. We are easily self deceived by our successes and strengths in other areas so that we do not realise that fear is dominating our lives.
Gen 26:15 Now the Philistines had stopped up all the wells which his father's servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and they had __filled them with earth.
Now that Isaac is free from the spirit of fear he is able to expand to the left and to the right. He is able to move straight into his calling and to walk in dominion as a son of God. The enemy does not change his tactics much. He still stops up wells of faith. He still fills in the wells that we draw life from with the works of the flesh.
Gen 26:18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them.
Gen 26:19 Also Isaac's servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there.
Isaac is digging again in the wells of his father's faith. There is some redemptive blessing happening here as Isaac re-establishes the faith and the works of faith that his dad had walked in. If all Isaac did at Gerar was to get free from the spirit of fear it would not have been a glorious victory. But he did a lot more! It was God's direction to him, now that he is walking free from fear, to sow in the land that he once was afraid of. Not only to sow, but to dominate and to spread out over all that land with his dominion, digging the wells of faith again.

This speaks of going into the land of your captivity, where you were put down and oppressed by the enemy because of the spirit of fear in your life, and encouraging the saints in that land. It speaks to me of revival in the land, removing the dirt from the wells of faith that Abraham had dug.
Abraham was the friend of God. He represents relationship with the Father through faith and grace. The Philistines plugged up the wells with earth. The enemy has plugged up the spirits of believers and unbelievers alike, with many fleshly things so that the relationship they should have is hindered of stopped completely.

Isaac sets about to persevere in the field, interceding, digging out the dirt, causing the flow of love in the hearts of people to begin again.
Gen 26:22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, because he said, "For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land."
Isaacs persistence in digging again each well of faith, despite the opposition from the enemy paid off. God made room for him and they were fruitful in the land where once they struggled with a spirit of fear blocking Isaac's well of faith in his own heart.

Isaac is much the same as Joseph in Egypt who said "For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction." Gen 41:52

This is God's way of making us His Overcomers. There must be something to overcome in order to be an Overcomer. The affliction we suffer in life is for a deeper purpose. That purpose being to expose the heart attitudes and fears that are damaging our relationships and our faith. God will organise your Prison cell like He did for Joseph, so that the years of obscurity and boredom will bring to the surface all the self centred attitudes and fears of being a nothing and useless.

Father will do it because He loves us and will see that we glorify His name and share in His joy as we triumph over our foes. Fear was gone from Isaac's heart and the result was great dominion and blessing. The enemy feared him where once Isaac feared them. The enemy wanted to be at peace with Isaac at any cost because of his faith and favour with God. So the Lord will do for you. But first, give Him permission to dig around the roots in your heart. Ask Him "to search and see if there be any wicked way in me."
Psa 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;
Psa 139:24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.