It seems that God blesses those whom He loves, but it doesn’t excuse them from challenging circumstances…

Genesis 26:12-17

12 And Isaac sowed seed in that land and it found[1] a hundred times as much[2] in that (same) year, and (The Lord) Yahweh blessed (Isaac). 13 And the man multiplied and certainly went forward[3], and he grew until he was very great. 14 And livestock[4] of sheep and goats and livestock of cattle belonged to him (along with) a great (number) of slaves… and the Philistines were jealous[5] of him. 15 And all the wells dug[6] (by) the slaves of his father, in the days of Abraham his father… the Philistines stopped them up[7], and filled them (with) dirt. 16 And Abimelech said to Isaac, Go (away) from us, because you’re so much[8] mightier[9] than us. 17 And Isaac went from there, set up camp[10] in the Gerar valley[11], and he lived there.

Application

It seems that everything Isaac did prospered, but not without bringing persecution.

Isaac planted a crop and it brought in a thousand percent profit… I love the way that the Hebrew says how Isaac sowed seed, and then it literally says that those seeds found another hundred (each).  On top of his successful cropping, Isaac also accumulated sheep, goats, cattle and slaves… and the Philistines, with whom he was living, became very jealous.  Isaac had become much greater than they were, and so they filled up all the wells that Abraham had dug with dirt.  Now that was pretty mean, given that wells were the source of water and, without water everyone and everything died.

After all that, King Abimelech told Isaac to get out of there, because Isaac had become so much more powerful than the Philistines.

The key in verse 12… “God blessed him.”  Yes, Isaac planted, and worked to look after the animals etc., however, it was God who brought the increase.  So, Isaac left the city of Gerar and moved along the Valley of Gerar (“a lodging place”) and set up camp there.

It seems that God blesses those whom He loves, but it doesn’t excuse them from challenging circumstances… even from being evicted from their home, and exiled from the region.  I note that Scripture spends a lot of time talking about the blessing, but only touches on the suffering.

Prayer

Father, thank you for the blessing in my life.  Thank you for the favour that You have given me in ministry and business, and please don’t allow me to overshadow Your goodness with a moment of hardship and challenge.  Thank you that You have blessed me and I thank you that You will continue to do so.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


[1] מָצָא – matsaʾ – Stongs 4672 – “find/found/present/reached/secure/acquire/get/find out/learn/have/obtain/cause a state/give to possess/be enough/meet up with/experience/reap/be in a place/detect/guess/come upon/meet/fall in with/happen upon/encounter/be discovered/appear/recognize/be secured/be in possession/sufficient/use/strikes/invents/had/has/happen/hit/located/overtake/overtook/possessed/there”

[2] שַׁעַר – shaʿar – Strongs 8180 – (n . m) – “measurement/a fold/non-specific dry measurement of volume/the amount that something is multiplied by a number/times as much”

[3] הָלַךְ – halak – Strongs 1980 – (v) – “went/walk/walked/walks/alking/walking around/to go/going/gone/come/led/travel/go about/follow/get rid of/depart/departs/departing/continue/proceed/escort/move/go away/die/moving/live/manner of life/to traverse/to walk about/to lead/bring/lead away/carry/cause to walk/take control/drive/receive/change of state/fly/flash down/flash” back/swallow/concern/bandit/crawl/increase/flow/parade/prowled//sprouts/stalks/vagabond/vanishedrobber/wander/wanderer/went/patrol/pressed heavier”

[4] מִקְנֶה – miqneh – Strongs 4375 – (n . m) – “cattle/livestock/salable domestic animals e.g. sheep, cattle, goats, camels/possession/something bought and sold/purchased/acquired/herdsmen”

[5] קָנָא – qanaʾ – Strongs 7065 – (v) – “be jealous/make jealous zealous/jealous/envy/provoke jealous anger” – like a husband would have for a wife

[6] חָפַר – chaphar – Strongs 2658  – (v) – “to dig/search for/search/search out/explore/dug/hollowed/look around/paws/sank/spies/have dismay/be disgraced/bring disgrace”

[7] סָתַם, שָׂתַם – catham, satham – Strongs 5640 – (v) – “to stop up/shut up/keep close/secret/to be stopped up/closed/conceal/cut off/hidden part/keep the secret/stop/stopped/block off/seal/seal up/sealed/inner person/hidden”

[8] מְאֹד – ʿod – Strongs 3966 – (adv / n . m) – “very/so greatly/exceeding/abundantly/all/diligently/enough/especially/exceedingly/far/firmly/fully/grat abundance/great/hard/highly/immense/louder/measure/might/more/most/quickly/richly/severely/so/sorely/strongly/swiftly/too/utterly/very well/violently/force/abundance/exceedingly/greatly/to a great degeree/muchness/louder/quickly/richly/violently”

[9] עָצוּם – ʿatsuwm – Strongs 6099 – (adj) – “mighty/mightier/strong/vast/numerous/countless/powerful/throng/great/large number/mighty men/mighty ones/stronger”

[10] חָנָה – chanah – Strongs 2583 – (v) – “to decline/incline/encamp/bend down/lay siege against/be nearly over/set up camp/be merciful/show grace … to decline/to encamp/military bivouac/make camp/be nearly over [Qal]”

[11] נַחַל – nachal/נַחְלָה – nachlah/נַחֲלָה – nachalah – Strongs 5158 – (n . m) –“river valley/brook/flowing/ravine/stream/torrent/wadi/mine shaft/ravine/date palm”