My abundance is in my obedience.
“Then the Lord appeared to him and said: ‘Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.’ So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.”
- Genesis 26:2-6 (New King James Version)
I have one question for you this week:
Where is God telling you to dwell?
In our scripture this week, Isaac was getting ready to do the same thing his daddy Abraham did when famine came back in his day -- go down into Egypt. It was the “smart” thing to do. Egypt never struggled when famine came because of all the resources it had, so it made sense for Isaac to move down there during this time.
But that’s not what God wanted.
God wanted to show Isaac that He was Isaac’s source, not some pagan country. He also wanted to show Isaac that His power was so mighty and unlimited that He could provide in any situation. And that’s exactly what He ended up doing but Isaac had to obey Him first, before He saw God’s provision.
I’m gonna be honest with you. I did not plan to keep going with Big Idea Food after I wrote it. At the time I was thinking of writing it, I didn’t see a whole brand yet, I just saw a dope book concept. My plan was to go ahead and write it since that’s what I felt God leading me to do, put it out there, then get back to what I was initially planning to do for business. God definitely had other plans though!
Now I'm clear that Big Idea Food is my “Gerar”. I know this is where God wants me to put down roots and where He’s already shown me that He can provide. It’s not the traditional business that initially made sense to me to start, but God is in the business of showing us that He can do anything with anything.
We people of God don’t need a Silicon Valley startup to strike it rich (now I’m not knocking that SV life; if you’re positioned to make waves there, werk!). But truly, you can find abundance doing the most obscure thing ever if God has given it to you to do.
Your wealth and success is tied only to your obedience.
Maybe what He’s telling you to do now is completely different from anything you ever thought you’d be doing. Just do it!! It might not make sense at first but, as your Father and Creator of all that there is, God kind of knows a thing or two about where your wealthy place is. So, in reality, it actually makes more sense to obey God than just doing the “smart” thing you're thinking of doing, right?
And let me tell you, you might run into some friction. Isaac sure did. I’ve run into some friction before too, but I’m not letting anything deter me from trusting that this is the land God has for me. Just like Isaac sowed in that land and ultimately reaped 💯 fold (in the midst of a famine?!?), you’re going to reap the rewards of obeying God too, come what may.
Still hungry? Eat some more //
Genesis 26: 12-22, Psalm 19:9-11