“After Isaac had been there a long time, King Abimelech looked out a window and saw Isaac hugging and kissing Rebekah.” (Gen 26:8)
The Lord told Isaac to dwell in the land, promising him that he would be blessed there. But, as the story unfolds we find that Isaac in NOT being blessed – even though he is exactly where the Lord told him to be. So what’s the problem? As we look more closely we discover our second principle of prosperity.
#2 – The Principle of Patterns
This is one of the more remarkable stories in the Bible, and it shows the undeniable influence a father has upon his children. While in the land of Gerar, Isaac was afraid that the men there would kill him to get his beautiful wife, Rebekah. So he lied, claiming that Rebekah was his sister.
Where do you suppose he got this idea? A glance back in the pages of Scripture show that Isaac’s father, Abraham, did exactly the same thing – TWICE! And one of times was at this very place, when Abimelech was King! (see Gen.12:10-13 and Gen.20:1-5).
There’s an old adage that goes, “Like father, like son.” Isaac was repeating the wrong patterns he learned from his father; patterns that limited him from being who God wanted him to be, and from experiencing the blessings God wanted him for him. Is it possible that you may be doing the same thing?
And why did Isaac do this? It was because of fear and unbelief. The Bible says, “The fear of man brings a snare; but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.” (Proverbs 29:25). Isaac, by his own admission, was afraid of what the men of that place might do to him in order to have Rebekah. He fear of men over-ruled his faith in God; he did not trust the Lord to protect him. Just like his father.
“A father’s influence in his children’s lives is powerful and inevitable, whether for good or for bad.” (Released From the Prison My Father Built, pg.23)
Isaac lied about Rebekah, and as a result “he had been there a long time” without experiencing the fullness of God’s blessing upon him. Maybe you are “in the right place” but not yet experiencing God’s blessings. Could it be that you, like Isaac, are repeating the wrong patterns you picked up from others – patterns that limit you to a life that is less than what God wants for you, and actually work against the blessing of the Lord in your life?
The first two principles of prosperity we learn from Isaac are 1) you’ve got to be in the right place, and 2) you cannot default to repeating wrong patterns of behavior through fear and unbelief.
As we will see tomorrow in Principle #3, Isaac turned things around and the windows of heaven opened upon him in full measure. Maybe, just maybe — the same is about to happen for you!