And there was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. Genesis 26.1.
In Egypt there was generally no famine; yet even when it had had such, it had its old grain for relief. In Canaan, however, there seemed to have been frequent famine. This, spiritually speaking, indicates to us that in the world there is little or no famine for the one who is not only in the world but of the world as well; but for the person who is in the way of obedience to God, there will sometime be famine; for by comparison there is little or no trial in the world, whereas in the way of obedience there may be much trial. Yet however great is the trial, with God there is always a living way out (see 1 Cor. 10.13). Hence let us be watchful as well as faithful.