“And he (Isaac) builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the Lord, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well” (Genesis 26:25).

Much confusion exists in our world regarding the purpose of life. Many people are confused and uncertain about what to do with their lives. This passage, regarding Isaac, shows us the three basic needs of each person.

Worship—Isaac built an altar; he provided a place of worship; All who will experience a fulfilled life today must enjoy a peaceful relationship with God (John 4:24).

Home—Isaac pitched his tent; he made provision for his family. The family has always been a part of God’s plan for man. To be happy one must strive to establish and maintain a happy home (Ephesians 5:21-33).

Work—Isaac also was concerned about his occupation. Because he was a shepherd, it was necessary for him to dig a well to provide for his sheep. God does not approve of “free loaders.” He requires that people work and make a positive contribution to society (Ephesians 4:28).

The three basic needs of man have never changed. He needs to worship, and serve God, his creator. He needs the blessings that come from a happy home. He also needs to earn a livelihood for himself and for those dependent upon him. Also of importance is the order in which these three items appear in the text: religion comes first, followed by his family, and then the occupation. When these three items are in place the correct order, then God’s plan for your life is complete.

Kenneth Bray
Sparta, TN

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