The Lord told Isaac not to go to Egypt, but to stay in the land where there was a famine. God told him that He would be with him and how He was going to bless him, but He wasn’t going to do it in Egypt. He was only going to do it in the place where he told Isaac to stay. Although Isaac wanted to leave, he stayed because God told him to. He obeyed God because he trusted God. Some of us have been looking for a way out of our situation, but sometimes the very thing you want God to get you out of is the very thing He wants you to stay in. He may want you to stay on that job, stay in that marriage or stay in that ministry, but most of all He wants you to stay in His face. He wants you to learn how to trust Him while you’re in that situation. He that is in you is greater than what you’re in.
Life is not a struggle. The only reason why we are struggling is because we struggle with whether or not to do our will or the will of God. Jesus said, “Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone, but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit”. Before a seed can grow, it first has to die. For us to grow properly, our ways, our attitudes and our self-will has to die. Some of us are afraid to die because we feel we are going to lose something. Yes, you are going to lose something – it’s called YOU.
Why are you afraid to die? A seed isn’t afraid to die. When it loses itself, it produces much fruit. When it becomes what it is supposed to be, then and only then is it able to benefit others. Many can eat from its tree. When you become who you are supposed to be, many can be saved and many can be set free. When we refuse to die, we are only thinking of ourselves and what we want. When we refuse to die, we rob others of an opportunity to live.
God told Abraham to take the one he loved (Isaac) and offer him as a burnt offering. Most of the offerings in the Old Testament, the priests were allowed to keep portions for themselves, but for the burnt offering, the priests had to give the Lord all, not some. What you refuse to give or sow to the Lord is going to cause you to lose what the Lord wants to give to you. Our problem is we don’t trust God enough. We’ve heard and read about what God has done for others, but let’s be honest. Sometimes we aren’t sure if He will do the same for us.
God doesn’t allow a famine to come for you to die, but He allows it as an opportunity for you to grow. A seed has to grow. It benefits no one when it abides alone. At the age of twelve, Jesus mentioned His assignment to his parents and at thirty years of age, he began ministry. Those eighteen years were His growing years. And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and man (Luke 2:52).
Don’t complain about you’re in. Grow in it. Your situation is not as bad as the condition the earth was in (Genesis 1). Look at what God had to work with when He created the earth. The bible tells us that the earth was without form and void, but when He finished what He started, it was very good. You may not know when things are going to work out for you, but you do know how it’s going to work out – good! Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
If God has told you to stay, don’t leave. He’s going to bless you right there. Don’t go seeking for something better. Be rooted in the word and the promises God gave you. Don’t make hasty decisions. Let God finish what He started in you. Let the Potter do what He wants to do with you. Give God time and let Him make it and you beautiful in HIS time.
It may feel bad and it may look bad now, but give God a chance to make it very good.