“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.” (Gen 26:12)
We saw yesterday that Isaac lied about Rebekah being his wife. He was fearful of what the men of that place would do to him, and he was unbelieving in God’s faithfulness to protect and defend him. Fear and unbelief will always cause us to do really stupid things.
Nevertheless, the Lord did protect him – and also exposed his lie to the king.
“What is this you have done to us,” Abimelech asked, “One of the people might lightly have lain with thy wife, and thou would have brought guilt upon us!” (Gen 26:10). Isaac came clean before the king, and the Lord blessed him. And this brings us to our third principle of prosperity.
#3 – The Principle of Purity
Notice our verse for today begins with the word “THEN.” It’s a word of timing, pointing to a specific moment. It comes right after Isaac uncovered his error. Once Isaac brought his sin into the light, THEN he sowed in the land and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.” (Gen 26:12). The timing here is highly instructive.
The Bible says, “he who conceals his sin will not prosper, but he that confesses and forsakes them shall obtain mercy”(Proverbs 28:13).
So long as Isaac lived in the impurity of his deceit, he could not prosper – even though it was God’s will for him to do so. However, once he brought it into the light, and all things were set right — THEN great blessing was released upon him from heaven. Might not the same be said of you and me?
Is it possible that some impure attitude, some error in judgement, some fear buried in our heart, or some practice wrapped in deceit is the one thing that is causing all the power of Heaven to stand back in reserve, holding on to the full blessings of God that are certainly determined to be poured forth upon us? And isn’t it wondrous beyond belief that if we would but humble ourselves and confess our sin to the Lord, He would see and hear — and we would obtain mercy!
And He would release the blessings we so earnestly believe we shall see.
Isaac’s purity in this matter unleashed prosperity into his life. Great prosperity! And the increase upon Isaac was obviously aided by Divine assistance – his crops yielded “a hundredfold, and the Lord blessed him. The following verses tell us — “And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.” (Gen 26:12-14)
What great and immeasurable blessings are being held back in our world today because we live in fear and unbelief; and practice deceit?
O Lord, have mercy upon us! Bring us to the light and make right what we have made wrong. Let Your goodness prevail as you bring prosperity to our lives! And strengthen us to stand faithful and true in the face of that which would threaten to deny us Your great blessings.
Tomorrow we will look at the fourth principle of prosperity, and there discover the indispensible importance of perseverance.