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You Don't Have to Move!

Genesis 26:1-7, 12 (New International Version)

1 Now there was a famine in the land—besides the earlier famine of Abraham's time—and Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar. 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. 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.

12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. 15 So all the wells that his father's servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth.

Why in the world would anyone plant crops in a time of famine? Why not just move and go somewhere else where there is water, food, jobs whatever your need is, just move! Sounds familiar doesn't it? If things are not working out here, let's just go somewhere else, maybe things will be better. I guess Isaac was wondering the same thing but look what happened, The Lord appeared to him! Do you think he was seeking the Lord? Evidently from the scriptures above, Isaac trusted and believed God just as his father Abraham did. God told him to just stay put and He would bless him. He had enough faith to plant his crops right in the middle of a famine, and reaped a hundredfold because God blessed him. Amazing isn't it? Isaac did not look at the circumstances, but he looked to God. In spite of everything he saw, he just focused on God. Wouldn't it be something if we did the same thing, just looked to Him for all the answers to our problems. Can you imagine what those people thought when they saw Isaac planting his crops with no rain in sight. Probably called him crazy. Well, we all need to just get "crazy" and just do what God tells us to do. Step out in faith and claim those promises. They are for us, you know. Reach out and lay hold of them, you will be blessed to!

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