Study Material: Genesis 26:12-14
12 And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him,
13 and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy.
14 He had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants, so that the Philistines envied him
One of the straightforward ways of overcoming life’s storms is to stay where God has put you or go where He has called you to. When we walk outside of the will of God, we often walk right into storms. God sent Jonah to Nineveh (v2), but he opted to go to Tarshish and disregarded the instructions from God (v3). What ended up happening to Jonah. A storm overtook him and he ended up in the belly of a fish. We all know the story.
Hardheadedness and wanting to do our own things our own way often lead us into trouble. We overcome the storms of life by obeying the voice of God. Isaac understood this. Now there was a famine in the land, besides the former famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines. And the Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. 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 (Gen 26:1-3). Isaac was in the midst of a storm, but he hearkened unto the word of God. He obeyed. Famine is not a small storm. Starvation is not a joke. But he believed God and stayed in the land of famine. What was the result? He prospered.
The Bible records that Isaac sowed in that land and reaped a hundred times more than he should have (v12). He became the envy of the town (v14). God will bless the work of your hands in Jesus’ name. God will cause you to overcome your storm in Jesus’ name. No matter what you are going through, you will overcome. Just hearken unto the voice of the Lord and obey His instructions. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy (your joy) will come in the morning (Ps 30:5b).
God bless you!