Across the world, from Japan to the UK, we have experienced major droughts. In the Bible Isaac was in a great drought, but he went out and planted crops right in the middle of the famine. It didnâ€™t make any sense, but somehow in that same year of drought, the Bible says, â€œIsaac received 100 times what he had sown, because the Lord blessed him.â€ Hallelujah!
Whatâ€™s interesting is that when Isaac got blessed, the people around him, the Philistines and his friends, all of a sudden got jealous of him. They were fine as long as he was broke. As long as they were at the same level it was no big deal. But when he stepped up to a new level, when he began to wear his blessings well, the scripture says, â€œThe Philistines hated Isaac.â€
Today, you may have noticed, when you start to do better, the people around you donâ€™t celebrate. They become jealous. But you canâ€™t allow the attitudes of others to hold you back and cause you to live in mediocrity. Instead, when youâ€™re blessed, brag on God! Shake off the criticism of others and receive His blessings. Wear it well because when you honour Him, He will continue to increase and promote you all the days of your life!
â€œIsaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him.â€ (Genesis 26:12, NIV)
Yahweh, thank You for every good and perfect gift that You have poured out on my life. Father, in humility, I choose to wear my blessings well. I wonâ€™t shrink back at the criticism of others; but instead, I will walk forward with You into the life of blessing You have prepared for me, in Christâ€™ name! Amen.