“For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.” (Gen 26:14)
The Bible makes it clear in no uncertain terms that the upright will be blessed. “Wealth and riches will be in his house,” the Psalmist tells us, “and his righteousness endures forever” (Psalm 112:3).
He then summarizes just how blessed the upright will be: 1) they will have light in darkness, 2) they will be gracious and generous, 3) they will guide their affairs with discretion, 4) they will never be shaken, 5) they will not be afraid of evil tidings, 6) they will be exalted in honor, and 7) the wicked will be really, really upset about all of this. (read Psalm 112 and see it for yourself).
God’s blessings are not without opposition. This fact brings us to the fourth principle of prosperity.
#4 – The Principle of Perseverance
In Isaac’s story we learn that the envious Philistines decided to sabotage Isaac’s blessings by “stopping up the wells” which had been dug in the time of Abraham. And the king himself said, “”Go away from us, for you are much mightier than we.”(vs.16).
Isaac moved to another part of Gerar (the land where God told him to say) and dug some more wells. The herdsmen of the Philistines contended with him over water rights, and they plugged up his wells again. So, Isaac dug another well, and they plugged that one, too. So, Isaac dug another well – and, yes, they plugged that one also.
That’s when perseverance kicked in. Isaac dug another, and another, and another, and another – until he simply outlasted the resolve of the Philistines who were trying to stop him.
You cannot keep a good man down!
The Bible says, “And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, because he said, “For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.” (Gen 26:22)
After this prolonged battle with those who sought his ruin, Isaac went to Beersheba. 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.”(vs.24).
Sometimes you have to “hang in there like a hair in a biscuit in a cheap restaurant!” Perseverance in a righteous cause will always outlast the wicked; they will be ashamed and defeated, while you will be blessed and honored.
Tomorrow we will look at what may, in the final sense, be the most important principle of them all.