Genesis 26:12 – “Then Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold, and the Lord blessed him.”
Are any of you dealing with big problems these days? Are any of you stuck in crises that seem to never end? Don’t give up or give in to the situation. Arise, return to our work and serve the Lord. God never lets us figure things out on our own. He’s already prepared the way out and blessings for everyone who’s in trouble and crisis.
There are three things that we need to learn about blessings in disguise. Genesis 26:1-6 tells us how God told Isaac not to leave the land he was residing at that time and further promised him blessings despite great famine that was happening in that region. Isaac was being obedient when God gave commands and promises because he believed wholeheartedly that the God he worshipped was never wrong.
The ways God reveals His promises are often out of our expectations. He sometimes tests our heart and faith through problems. Isaac’s story reminds us that obedience brings miracles. Thus, the first key for us to be able to see blessings in disguise is to obey God’s commands. Do what He asks us to do even though it sometimes doesn’t make sense and we don’t know what the result from our obedience is.
Genesis 26:12-13 says, “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.” Some of us may feel that getting by each day is already a problem of its own, let alone having to sow in times of crisis. God’s ways are indeed different than ours. The second key for us to be able to see blessings in disguise is sowing, which also refers to faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Having a bold faith shows that we trust God that He is faithful with His promises and He will provide, and even bless us abundantly, in times when it seems impossible.
In the midst of crisis, Isaac called his servants to dug wells owned by Abraham, which the Philistines had already stopped after Abraham passed away (Genesis 26:18-19). Isaac didn’t become hopeless, lazy or give up; he and his servants continued to dig the wells, which led them to a miracle where the water came out in abundance. Hence, the third key is to keep our spirit on fire in serving the Lord as if everything were going well. Praise the Lord. God bless you.
Source: hs/Publishing Team, IBC Church