The world is resounding a song of an economic crisis. The song they are singing is , “This is one of the most tumultuous times on record in the global financial markets.”
The financial indicators have indicated major instability, cutbacks, retrenchment and shortfalls. The world’s economists who are the experts in the social science http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_science , of economics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economics , sound more like prophets of doom at present. Their pessimistic outlook has cast a shadow over 2009. Everywhere you look, the land is crying out for aid and relief.
Amidst the turmoil, the kingdom of God is either caught up by the recession or found to be rising above it. We as the church believe that though we live in the world, we are not off the world. In other words as God’s people we are not confined to the economy of the land but we live under the economy of heaven where there is no recession, no cutbacks and no shortfalls. As citizens of heaven, heavens reserves and resources govern us.
We do our part on earth by living under heavens standards and God will do his part by opening up the heavens and sending relief, aid, substance and abundance. He keeps us living above the tide of the world’s pressures. In Jeremiah 31:14 God’s word teaches us that we as his people shall be satisfied with his goodness. The goodness of God exceeds our wildest imagination and greatest expectation.
How do we know for certain that God will flourish us in times of famine? In Genesis 26 we read the following account of Isaac: “Now there was a famine in the land—besides the earlier famine of Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar.”
The famine of the land was a set-up for God to show his magnitude and glory in Isaac’s life. Isaac was not taken away from the famine. Instead he flourished within it. God used this opportunity of economic distress as a platform to elevate his children. God’s promise to Isaac was not to run away from the famine but to remain steadfast and immovable and leave the rest up to him.
“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 …”
Obedience to the voice of God is imperative. When we listen accurately, we do not run around aimlessly and without vision. God’s word will preserve us and propel us to acquire the best. We will rise above the setbacks of the economy as a higher authority governs us.
God’s promise to Isaac was that: “…I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed …”
God’s covenant of promise will not change and it stands firm for every generation. If under the law, Isaac lived in such a magnitude of blessing, imagine how much more we who are children under grace will live. We are a positioned people in times of world distress to be a beacon of hope. We are the relief the land is looking for and we have the answers. Jesus is the answer in our lives so lets rise above the world’s circumstances to lift Jesus higher that all men will be drawn unto him. Isaac had God’s Favour, which devoured the famine and rendered it to nought. Isaac obeyed God’s instruction and stayed in Gerar .In that year he reaped a hundredfold. He gained more and more until he became very wealthy. He had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants, so that the Philistines envied him. They even asked him to leave as he was mightier than them.
Wow, how awesome is our God. He reigns supreme and positions us to soar above all limitations. We are designed to live in the full measure of Christ. It is so important for us to remain positioned as God ordained and to live in the direct will of God. He places us to be blessed but also to be a blessing. God searches from among us Isaacs and Rebekahs to pour out his favour and splendour over us. We are a preserved people of power.
Favour in times of famine is our heritage as daughters of God. Blessings over our lives are contagious and the anointing will be imparted to all those around us. All nations will be blessed through us.
Lets cover our land with much prayer and stand in the gap as beacons for Christ.
A few thoughts for you:
Trust God to work out every situation. Pray at the altar until the winds are loosed to bring heavens change.
Pray for your place of employment that increase will come from the north, south, east and west. It does not matter which part of the chain you are in. If the business flourishes so will you.
Ask of God for divine wisdom to run your own businesses and give to God faithfully what is due to him.
God is the author and finisher of you and all that belongs to you
Stay focused and positioned. Don’t give in to doubt and despair. Be rooted in his promises and believe it to come to pass.
Cast your bread upon the waters and wait and after many days, it shall surely find you.
Strive to Shine in 2009 and be the best in your generation.