by Daniel Rodgers

A Tried and Proven Way to Nowhere
Dan Rodgers
Genesis 26:1-6


1. This is a story we all know very well - the story of Isaac turning away from God's clear command, and going down into Egypt, to Gerar. His father, Abraham, had made the same mistake. You would have thought that Isaac would have learned a lesson from his father's lack of judgment and how he got himself into trouble.

2. Let me just say at the outset, the highway of life is littered with the casualties of people who decided to travel in their own direction--without direction from God. Or, if they had direction from God, as did Isaac, they decided to go their own way anyway. That's not too smart!

a. Isaac's choice was a "Tried and proven way to nowhere." His father had already been there. b. I'm reminded of Proverbs 28:26, "He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered."

3. This morning I want to give four simple points, as we consider the message. These are four things that can assure a person that if followed, will lead him to the town of "nowhere." By the way, when we think of the question; "How does a person find 'nowhere?'" The answer is: "Follow a person who has already been there." That's what Isaac did.

I. Listen to Bad Advice
II. Have No real Direction
III. Follow the Wrong Path
IV. Turn From God's Way


1. You and I both know that there is no shortage of people who are willing to share their advice on what we should do in life. Unfortunately, not all advice is good advice.

QUOTE: Someone once said, "Quite a few people owe their success to advice they didn't take."

ILLUS: I'm reminded of the story about the elderly woman who walked up to a little old man rocking in a chair on his porch. Though he looked weathered and feeble, he had a content smile on his face.

"I couldn't help noticing how happy you look," she said.

"What's your secret for a happy life? Wha ...

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