Sunday, April 14th, '19
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Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the
Lord blessed him" (Genesis 26:12)
The chapter starts by saying "there was a
famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham..."
(vs 1) Every generation has its famines. What Abraham faced Isaac faced. The
economic cycle continues, up and down, depression, recession, inflation,
deflation, frustration, perhaps liquidation. If difficulty is cyclical then we
have to decide if we want merely to survive or to thrive. Some
people get rich during a depression, usually the banker, but it can be the
believer just as easily because our covenant is with El Shaddai not Dow Jones.
Consider a few observations. First, you have
to stay where the Lord says stay. The Lord appeared to Isaac "and said, Go
not down to Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of" (vs 2). Egypt epitomizes earthly economic institutions. We must understand that Chase-Manhattan is
not our source, nor is VISA, God is our source. Don't "go down" to Egypt because any step away from faith is a downward step. Second, you have to sow where
the Lord says sow. Isaac "sowed in that land". Yes, it was a barren land,
drought-stricken and not approved by his CPA or personal financial advisor. But
drought-stricken Hebrew dirt blessed by God has richer productivity than
well-watered bottom land next to the Nile. "Foolishness" done in obedience to
God out-produces human wisdom done in disobedience to God every time.
Third, you have to see what the Lord says
see. "Sojourn in this land, and I will be with thee..." (vs 3) The Lord
opened Isaac's eyes to possibility. He had said the same to Abraham, Isaac's
father, "For all the land which you see, to thee will I give it, and to your
seed forever" (Genesis 13:15). The first three letters in seed is see.
Faith connects at that point when the individual rejoices, "Oh, now I see what
you mean!" Paul claimed his mission was "to make all men see" (Ephesians 3:9).
Evidently, Isaac was able to see crops where there were only clods and fruits
where there was only famine. In essence faith is calling those things that are
not as though they were.
Fourth, you have to say what the Lord says
say. In verses 6-11 we read of Isaac exhibiting the same generational trait
as his dad had. He chickened out before the Philistine king and "said" that
Rebekah was his sister instead of his wife. He should have been boldly
confessing, "My wife and I are going to inherit this land!" Instead, he wimped
out and denied the divine promise. Five times in those few verses we read the
words "said", "saidst" and "say", but in each case Isaac's words echoed his
fears, not his faith. Had it not been for God's intervention the king,
Abimilech, would have taken Rebekah into his harem and the whole Abrahamic
covenant-line would have been polluted. But once Isaac got straightened out,
once he began to sow where the Lord said sow, stay where the Lord said stay,
see what the Lord said see and say what the Lord said say, then
Abrahamic blessing rained down upon him. Isaac sowed in that land and he
"received in the same year an hundredfold". Not ten years later; that year!
Economists said it couldn't be done, but God specializes in frustrating the
almanac. "And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became
very great: for he had possessions of flocks, and possession of herds...and the
Philistines envied him" (vs 13, 14). Poverty doesn't draw the envy of the world
system; blessing does! Now we are Abraham's "seed" and have right to Abraham's
"blessing" (Galatians 3:14.16). But we have to stay where He says stay.
That means stick with your church, stick with your business, your marriage,
your convictions, even though all you see right now is a major drought. The
rain of blessing is only minutes away.