Do You Want to Prosper?

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There’s an interesting verse about Isaac and his success in life in Genesis 26. It is verse 13, and it says of him: “The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous” (NKJV). What was he doing at that particular time to be so very prosperous?

It all begins with there being a famine in the land and Isaac deciding to go to Egypt. But God said to him, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I tell you. Dwell in this land and I will be with you and bless you” (v.1-5). So Isaac stayed put (v.6). By the time we get to v.12 of the same chapter, we see that “Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him.”

Isaac did two things that led to his very prosperous prosperity: He obeyed God and he got busy and did the work he was supposed to do. That’s the thing for us to remember: obey God and stay busy doing what God wants.

One more thing: God blessed Isaac even though he had some shortcomings (read about the great lying incident in verses 7-11). God made Isaac prosperous not because he was sinlessly perfect, but because he had a heart for God and was willing to do His will. Do you want to prosper in your Christian life? Then obey God and stay busy!

Edd Sterchi
Broadway church of Christ
Campbellsville, KY

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