The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. Genesis 26:2-3
You get in life, what you have the courage to ask for.
Isaac followed God’s instruction. He went where God sent Him, and was generous when sowing in the land which God gave him. It seems simple enough but God called Isaac and all his entourage to settle in a land that was in a time of famine. Famines come about when there is a drought, dry land, over population or sickness and disease which affect the flocks and herds of animals. Isaac stayed in the land, but he could have went elsewhere: somewhere more developed, more prosperous and with more to work with. How could he and his people even survive?
- extreme scarcity of food.
Isaac didn’t change his reality, He was willing to put in work! He took on the responsibility of being obedient to God’s word. And the responsibility of working: it was not handed to him, it took some work and toil. Isaac sowed seeds, and harvested bountifully! God used Isaac to show the people of that land that obedience to God and willingness to work– was a blessed life. We can say that Isaac was at the right place, and at the right time: but the truth is that Isaac was obedient to God and received the favor of God. When a person has the favor of God on their life, their work and effort is miraculously multiplied because of their obedience. Isaac reaped a hundredfold blessing in the same year! And keep in mind, there was a famine in the land! He had many servants, flocks and herds. The bible says that Isaac became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. The Philistines even envied him, and stuffed the wells that his father Abraham had dug up. Finally, Abimelek asked Isaac to move from the land. Isaac was so blessed that people asked him to leave because he was too wealthy and too powerful for them!
When we believe in the God we serve, we are focused on what God calls us to do- even if it seems illogical, confusing and hard work! We can deny ourselves and obey God’s word and the guidance of Holy Spirit. Has God ever called you to be generous when you see that you are in a place of lack? Have you ever been compelled by God to birth ministries yet you are in a barren and dry place? Today, God reminds us to work with what we have! Whether it is a financial seed, a seed of emotion, a seed of encouragement, you will reap a harvest. Sow a seed!
If we are faithful with the little things, God will bless us with the increase. God rewarded Isaac with a hundredfold return on his investment! It would be quite the story if the people around you asked you to move because you are too rich and powerful when you harvest from what you have sown!
Father God, thank you for your word. Thank you for teaching us principles, and giving us strategies. Glorify yourself in our lives. Make us Isaacs in our generation, so that we can be provision to those in lack. Expand our territories, and let us not be phased by the envy of others. I ask you to strengthen our faith to trust and obey you. May we reap a hundredfold in every place we have worked out our obedience. You are able to do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can think, ask or imagine. You are greater than any reality we see Lord, in Jesus name. Amen.