Then Isaac sowed in that land [in the time of famine], and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous (Genesis 26:12-13, NKJV)
Throughout life and throughout Christianity we see the relentless principle of sowing and reaping. There are many scriptures that reference the power of seedtime and harvest; here are two:
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Galatians 6:7, NKJV)
Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness (2 Corinthians 9:10, NKJV)
Isaac found himself living in a time of famine. Famine describes a season of lack, pestilence, illness, starvation, dehydration, economic downfall, financial hardship, among other things. Famine is not a term we like to hear, and we certainly do not want to experience.
In Genesis, Isaac demonstrates for us the two separate economic systems the believer experiences: 1.) The world’s system which is under the curse of the law (that we have been redeemed from) and 2.) God’s system that is heavenly in origin.
Isaac chose to live according to God’s system of economics in the time of lack. Faith sows seed when in the natural you want to stockpile. God’s economy has never operated on the stockpile method, but has always operated in generosity.
The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself. (Proverbs 11:25, NKJV)
Because Isaac trusted the Lord, he became very prosperous. He was so prosperous that the Philistines envied him. Is it possible that God desires to prosper your life in such a way that the unbelieving see the goodness of God overflowing in your life? Is your time of lack keeping you from sowing seed generously? Our God is not a stingy God, and He desires to abundantly bless His children.
We know that unfaithfulness in our tithe invites a curse on our finances. We understand that unless the seed is sown, no harvest can be produced. However, many times out of fear, forgetfulness, or pride with do not sow, and miss out on the harvest that follows. Many people want the blessing of the Lord on their finances, and yet do not sow their seed.
Here’s a some thoughts regarding your financial seeds and God’s promised harvest:
- All finances God places into your hands contain SEED for sowing and BREAD for eating. Be careful not to eat your seed, or there will be no future harvest. (2 Corinthians 9:10)
- Every seed contains a miracle, but the miracle only happens when the seed is sown. (Proverbs 3:9-10)
- Only God can produce the harvest. We are responsible for sowing and receiving. (1 Corinthians 3:6)
- The righteous live under the blessing of God, and have been redeemed from the curse of law. Righteous living brings the blessing. (Galatians 3:13; Deuteronomy 28:1-14)
- Your source of income is about more than putting food on the table; it is an opportunity for the Kingdom to advance in the earth. “I make a living to be a giver.” Every seed sown into God’s Kingdom affects someone’s life. (Philippians 1:1-8)
- Financial deposits are accredited to your heavenly account as you sow your seed. God takes notice of every seed sown, and His accounting is perfect. (Philippians 4:17; Luke 21:1-4)
- Know the difference between seed and need. If He’s not meeting a need, there must be seed. (Matthew 6:31-33)
- Your harvest is in proportion to the seed sown. (2 Corinthians 9:6)
- Be willing to give away what is of temporary value to gain something of eternal value (Matthew 6:19-21)
- Faith in God to protect, provide, and preserve you releases you from fear of lack and the control of poverty. (Philippians 4:19; Psalm 122:7)