21 DAYS OF FAITH - DAY 21 - SOWING IN TIMES OF FAMINE
There is a very interesting story in Genesis 26. There was a time of famine in Isaac’s day and he had traveled to a different land. It was a time that people were sheltering down in fear and no doubt hoarding tightly to themselves whatever goods they had to store up for themselves. But the Bible says in vs. 12 “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him.”
Sowing in a famine might not have made sense to many people but it was an act of faith on Isaac’s part. What we’re seeing around us today is that fear causes people to grasp and hoard. The problem with this way of thinking is that it actually leads to greater poverty. There is a verse in Haggai where the prophet is explaining the lack that has come because the people haven’t put first the rebuilding of the temple. He asks this question in Haggai 2:19, “Is the seed still in the barn?” If we keep the seed in the barn we are going to suffer greater lack.
Faith works through love. Faith is released when we begin to think of others needs more than our own. God has given amazing promises of blessings for those willing to do this. He speaks in 2 Corinthians 9:8 to the Christians he is inviting to give an offering to the poor and says, “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.”
Sowing is more than giving things it includes giving forgiveness to people who don’t deserve it, blessings to people who are rude, and practical help to someone that needs a hand. When we do we don’t just get back what we gave but we get back “pressed down, shaken together, and running over.”
Here are 5 ways you might try sowing a seed today.
1.Think of a compliment you can sincerely give to each member of your family.
2.Write and send a card, email, or text of appreciation.
3.Add an extra offering to your tithe to help someone suffering from this crisis.
4.Pray for 5 people’s or countries you wouldn’t usually pray for.
5.Pray and speak a blessing of forgiveness to someone who really has made you mad.
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