We live in interesting, challenging, sinful times of unparalleled conflict.
I think it’s obvious . . . that the soul of our nation is literally at stake.
Pagan religions are celebrated and esteemed above the Judeo-Christian values that have shaped us as a people and a nation.
Some of the presidential candidates and government officials believe that if you’ve been successful your wealth needs to be redistributed to those who have less and even those who don’t work at all. And, by the way, you don’t get to choose who it’s given to.
Redistribution of wealth is mentioned in the scriptures in Matthew 25 when the money held by the wicked servant was given to the one who had been an effective steward. But that’s another teaching.
Let’s establish this point. . .our nation is facing a financial and spiritual famine. In the midst of all the economic uncertainty. . .it’s time to dig a new well.
Here are seven lessons we can learn from a famine.
1) There Is A Famine In Our Land.
Genesis 26:1 in the New King James Version says:
“Now there was a famine in the land—besides the earlier famine of Abraham's time.”
As we said earlier. . .famine is plaguing our nation today. . .and other nations as well.
Yes, it is a season of economic upheaval.
But there is also a season of spiritual famine.
Leadership is necessary to get us out of our national distress.
There some good people running for President and some as lost as a goose in a blizzard.
Honestly, I am more concerned with the spiritual famine than the financial season.
The greatest famine we face is ignorance of the Word of God.
Our season will change every time our knowledge level increases.
Let me say that again.
Our season will change every time our knowledge level increases.
We must oppose the spiritual ignorance that is falling like a dense fog over our nation.
2) God...Not Government...Is Our Source.
Genesis 26:1c in the New King James Version says:
“. . .and Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar.”
Isaac was looking for relief from his troubles. . .but he was looking in the wrong place.
Your financial deliverance will not come out of Washington, DC as the result of some government program or failed redistribution scheme.
Psalm 20:7 says:
“Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.”
Some trust in chariots (jobs and retirement accounts).
Millions of Americans and other folks around the world are discovering that they can no longer trust in their job to provide the necessary income to pay their bills and care for their family.
Financial investments have been subjected to demonic magic . . .now you see them, now you don’t.
Some trust in horses (the federal government).
Remember this. . .the government that’s big enough to give you everything you want is also big enough to take away everything you’ve got.
As believers, our deliverance has never come out of Egypt (the world financial system) and it never will.
There are way too many believers who are looking to someone other than the Lord for their financial deliverance.
That’s definitely misplaced trust. Who should we trust? The answer is simple.
In God We Trust is more than a saying on our American currency. It’s the essence of life.
3) Do Not Move For The Sake Of Moving.
Genesis 26:2-6 in the New King James Version says:
2 “The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, "Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. 3 For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws." 6 So Isaac stayed in Gerar.”
It appears to me that Isaac stopped on the way to Egypt.
Consider the first sentence of verse three.
“Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you.”
When facing a famine or economic hard times. . .follow the unction of the Holy Spirit and you will be delivered.
In difficult times. . .always remain in the place of favor.
4) Keep Sowing.
Genesis 26:12 in the New King James Version says:
“. . .Isaac planted crops in that land.”
We must be people of demonstrated faith.
There was a famine---and Isaac planted crops!
Isaac did not eat his seed. He knew that he had no hope of reaping without sowing in faith.
Isaac’s expectation was not focused upon the government.
Isaac’s faith was focused upon the God who promised to give Seed to the Sower.
Seed is not Sown for fun.
Seed is Sown to create a harvest.
When God tells you to Sow a Seed He has a harvest on His mind!
5) Keep Expecting To Reap.
Genesis 26:12b in the Amplified Bible says:
“. . .received in the same year a hundred times as much as he had planted, and the Lord favored him with blessings.”
Isaac reaped a 100-fold return in the midst of a famine.
The principle of sowing and reaping is the eternal law of God.
Five Fast Facts About Sowing:
First, everything in nature reproduces after its own kind.
Second, reaping is just as certain as sowing.
Third, reaping follows sowing.
Fourth, every person is responsible for their own financial destiny.
Fifth, we will be judged based on the effectiveness of our stewardship.
6) Understand That The Abilities Of God Are Unaffected By Famine.
Genesis 26:13 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“And the man became great and gained more and more until he became very wealthy and distinguished.”
There are no layoffs in heaven today.
God is not saying, "Lower your expectations."
God is saying, “I AM El Shaddai…The All-Sufficient One…even in times of famine.”
God is saying, “I am Jehovah Jireh…The Lord Who Sees What You Need…even in times of famine.”
7) Be Willing To Re-Dig Some Old Wells.
Genesis 26:14-18 in the New Living Translation says:
14 “He acquired so many flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and servants that the Philistines became jealous of him. 15 So the Philistines filled up all of Isaac’s wells with dirt. These were the wells that had been dug by the servants of his father, Abraham.
16 Finally, Abimelech ordered Isaac to leave the country. “Go somewhere else,” he said, “for you have become too powerful for us.”
17 So Isaac moved away to the Gerar Valley, where he set up their tents and settled down. 18 He reopened the wells his father had dug, which the Philistines had filled in after Abraham’s death. Isaac also restored the names Abraham had given them.”
God has a fresh flow for those suffering lack.
Genesis 26:19 in the Classic Amplified Bible says:
“Now Isaac's servants dug in the valley and found there a well living [spring] water.”
One key to keeping the water flowing is to avoid contention and strife.
Genesis 26:20-21 in the New King James Version says:
“But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herdsmen and said, "The water is ours!" So he named the well Esek, (contention or strife) because they disputed with him.
Do not bow to the pressure of opposition and false accusation. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah (opposition and accusation).”
In the midst of adversity. . .keep digging deeper into the things of God. That’s where you’ll find your fresh water (reward).
Genesis 26:22 in the New Living Translation says:
“Abandoning that one, Isaac moved on and dug another well. This time there was no dispute over it, so Isaac named the place Rehoboth (which means “open space”), for he said, “At last the Lord has created enough space for us to prosper in this land.”
If you’ve been facing opposition at every turn. . .maybe it’s time to dig some new wells.
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