Financial “famine” is wreaking havoc in many people’s lives.
In the book of Genesis, chapter 26, is the story of Isaac living in a time of great famine. Isaac was in Gerar, and his first thought was to leave the area and go to Egypt, hoping things would be better there. But God spoke to Isaac and told him to do something completely “illogical” to man’s way of thinking.
“Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you. … Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous” (Genesis 26:2-3, 12-13).
Here was God’s prescription for victory:
1. Don’t go down to Egypt – In Scripture, Egypt is a symbolic representation of the world or the world’s systems. God’s instruction to Isaac was that he shouldn’t run to the world or apply the world’s way of doing things. You and I must heed the same warning. In our economic famine we must resist the pull to do things the world’s way instead of God’s way.
2. Stay in this land – God’s plan for your victory requires your cooperation and obedience to Him. God wants you to remain steadfast in your situation and apply His Word to your famine. Don’t give up! Fix your eyes on Jesus and not on your circumstances.
3. Sow your Seed during the famine – In a time of famine, seed is precious. In the natural world, it would be wise for a farmer to hold onto his seed and not to waste it during a drought, because the dry conditions will never produce a harvest. But God’s ways are higher than man’s ways!
God instructed Isaac to sow seed in a year of famine. Isaac had a choice. Would he believe God, trust and obey Him – or leave home and go to Egypt, hoping things would be better there? By faith Isaac obeyed, even though what God told him to do seemed crazy. He sowed his precious seed during drought conditions and expected a harvest. Look again at how God responded to Isaac’s obedience.
“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold” (Genesis 26:12).
Isaac reaped a hundredfold! That’s amazing! Even when everything in the natural world was against Isaac, his obedience, trust and faith in the Lord yielded a hundredfold harvest.
If you keep your eyes on your circumstances, the devil will use your circumstances to accuse God and His Word and cause you to fear. If you keep your eyes on God and His abilities, His Word, His promises not yours, He will take you step by step and each step will be a miracle.
God’s ways are not man’s ways. The world’s economic system operates on the principles of buying and selling, supply and demand. God’s Kingdom operates on the principles of sowing and reaping, on trust, faith, obedience and expectation!
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