March 15, 2020
The seeing eye, the hearing ear, the obedient heart is essential in the life of the a believer.
When I meditated the principal above I was reminded of the story of Isaac in the land of Gerar. The Bible records in Genesis 26: 1, there was a famine engulfing the country and it was not the first in that land because it had happened repeatedly. Even Isaac was upset when he accepted the facts. He and his entourage were already planning and preparing to go to Egypt. But the Word came and stopped him to go to Egypt. I found in the midst of such crisis, the sensitivity of hearing God’s voice greatly determined whether Isaac’s journey would be accompanied by God or not.
Genesis 26: 2-5 (NKJV) Then the Lord appeared to him and said: “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; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”
Through this verse we found that Isaac could clearly hear the voice of God. But hearing God’s voice is not enough, it takes an accurate response that is OBEDIENCE.
Genesis 2: 6 (NKJV) So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.
This verse is an example of Isaac for me. Isaac seemed to give an example: whatever risk that I have to face, my decision has to be aligned with His Word! I also try to imagine the situation that was happening in Gerar. There was a famine in there. A famine happened because the plants that were supposed to produce food experienced a harvest failure so that the food supply was not enough for meeting the demand.
If we trace back, there must be a SHORTAGE OF WATER at that time. In other words there was a DROUGHT season. If drought occurs, the plants and livestocks will die. In turn humans will starve. Not to mention the attack of illness, the condition of negative emotion and social-economic pressure that must be there at such a difficult time. But what is unique, in the midst of such situation, something marvelous happened in Isaac’s life.
Genesis 26: 12 (NKJV) Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.
Logically, it is IMPOSSIBLE in the dry season, is there anyone sowing the seeds and produce a hundredfold? This indicates the SUPERNATURAL INCLUSION of GOD. Because Isaac was obedient, he was BLESSED by GOD. The sign of people who are blessed/accompanied by God is: whatever they do God makes to prosper!
Genesis 26: 13-14 (NKJV) The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.
Harvesting in the drought must have made Isaac’s harvest very expensive because it was minus ‘supply’ while there was so much ‘demand’ or needs. No wonder verse 13 records Isaac began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous. Because there were plants and water so the livestocks could live. The flocks were abundant. With the abundant of harvest and livestocks, it automatically opened job vacancies so Isaac had so many men working for him.
In my mind, I’m like ‘hearing’ the Philistine says, “I’m a native, I’ve lived here from generation to generation. I used to farm even my predecessor also did farm. But now, what I plant always fails (because of the drought), livestocks die, my family and I are in severe hunger. But that man (Isaac) is a stranger (a foreigner), whatever he plants is fruitful even he harvests in a great amount until a hundredfold. His livestocks are many; fat and healthy, how come? I’m the only one who is so starving; but in Isaac’s place even the cattles are full! It’s really unfair!”
Now I understand why the Philistines were so jealous of Isaac! I found the secret of Isaac being able to harvest in the midst of drought because Isaac –somehow- could find the wells that had been dug by Abraham, his father. From here Isaac got an abundant supply of water.
I believe there must be divine direction or wisdom that made Isaac found those wells. The Philistines saw it but because the fire of jealousy burned them so they did this to him:
Genesis 26: 15 (NKJV) Now the Philistines had stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and they had filled them with earth.
Not only that, he was driven out by Abimelech. Because he was considered to be too powerful. Then Isaac moved a little to the Valley of Gerar. Because he needed water, he ordered to dig a well.
Genesis 26: 18 (NKJV) And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them.
In short, Isaac departed from there together with his servants moved around digging the wells; from one well to another. There were various struggles and quarrels. Until he found the fourth well and he called it Beersheba.
Genesis 26:24 (NKJV) And the Lord appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.”
Isaac again followed the direction of the Word then he called, from the original language – qara (read kaw-rar) which means: to call, to cry out, to utter a loud sound, to proclaim – to declare the name of God. Since then, his struggles stopped. Abimelech with Ahuzat came to make peace with Isaac. They testified, “We have seen ourselves that God is with you.”
There are several principles that I can draw from the story of Isaac above:
1. Living in the Word makes us live in God’s world
Eventhough our external environment (that surrounds us) is negative but if we hear the Word and do it then we will experience a DIFFERENT LIFE. The life inside us will burst out and overflow in our daily lives. Isaac was be accompanied by God, he was blessed by God because Abraham had HEARD THE WORD and KEPT GOD’S CHARGE in his life.
This is the heritage – inheritance for Isaac. The obedience of the spiritual father opens the way for the child with one condition: to follow the footprints of the father (Genesis 2: 4-5). It means if Isaac does the same thing, the promise and inclusion of God will occur in him as well. #ILoveGod
This message will continue tomorrow.
Ps. Steven Agustinus