Bloom where you have been planted
Genesis 26:1-3 – Now there was a famine in the land – besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time – and Isaac went to Abimelek king of the Philistine in Gerar. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you.
Genesis 26:12-13 – Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.
Isaac, son of Abraham, was a farmer with a wife and two sons. When a bad famine hit the land, the obvious thing to do would have been to move elsewhere with better weather and healthier soil. I’m sure that’s exactly what Isaac intended to do until God appeared to him and told him to stay put.
Would you have obeyed God’s word? When the odds definitely weren’t in your favour? When you had a family to protect and provide for?
There comes a point in all of our lives when it’s easier for us to walk away – to pick up our stuff and move. Whether it’s the job you’re in that pays little to nothing and feels like a dead-end, or the friend who disappointed you and betrayed your trust. Or even that family member who keeps testing you and doesn’t value you for who you are.
God knows that it isn’t easy to stay put. The famine wasn’t a surprise to God, and neither is whatever you’re struggling with. But God plants you where you are for a reason that you’re still yet to find out. And He will bless you for your faithfulness. When God says stay, there’s a promise attached. He wants to use you, and He will bless you in return. It may not be easy but it will always be worth it. Just like God said to Isaac that He will be with Him, so will He be with you.