Harvest During the Famine

“Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father.” (Genesis 26:3)

Isaac was the son of Abraham’s promise whom God said he would bless and multiply. Now after Abraham’s death, there was a famine in the land where Isaac lived. The custom at that time was to travel to Egypt to get supplies in the times of famine. This as Egypt was a great nation which was able to sustain many people. But God’s instruction to Isaac was to stay where he was and to trust that he would bless him despite the famine.

“And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him,” (Genesis 26:12). A hundredfold is defined as a hundred times as much. So not only did Isaac reap a harvest during a time when everyone else was experiencing a famine, but the harvest was a hundred times what was usually expected.

God is the God of the harvest and God is not limited by the economy, by the stock market, by the interest rates of the bank or the financial situation in your company. God owns the wealth of the world and he is the God of the supernatural, the omnipotent, omnipresent, all knowing and all powerful God. He knows the beginning and the end and his knowledge is beyond human understanding.

Our confidence and security is in God as we serve him and trust in his promises. Isaac had a relationship with God where he could hear God speak and discern his will. Isaac didn’t need to travel to Egypt to ensure that he and his family were sustained. All Isaac needed to do was to remain connected to God, believe his word and his promises and continue to sow and to reap the harvest.

“and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy.” (Genesis 26:13)


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