Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. (Genesis 26:12)
The Bible tells us that Isaac sowed in the land in a time of famine yet reaped bountifully. Such miracles are not exclusive to the men of old; they are very real in our day.
As believers, it is our destiny to thrive even in this fallen world. Irrespective of prevailing circumstances and global trends, we should choose to flourish!
In Matthew 14:25-29, we are told that Jesus walked on water and Peter did too; a feat deemed impossible under normal circumstances.
This story proves that whether on physical or figurative waters or storms, with God on our inside, we can triumph over any difficult situation.
Remember the words of the Lord to Isaiah:
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
So how can we position ourselves to thrive? We will consider two ways quickly.
The first is to set our mind at rest. These things work from the inside-out.
In austere times, we must remember that God is always with us, and every circumstance works for our good.
Hence, we should safeguard our minds from fear, doubt or negative thoughts (Proverbs 4:23).
Like Abraham, rather than focus on the present condition, we are to fix our minds on God’s word. This mindset will help us maintain our conviction no matter the storm (Romans 4:17-18).
The second is to keep speaking until our confession matches our reality. We are to pray and speak God’s word upon our lives until we see it come to manifestation.
The book of Genesis shows us how God in the beginning, beautifully created the earth from complete chaos. He spoke light, beauty and order into existence. (Genesis 1:1-3).
We have God’s Spirit in us, so we can speak order into a state of chaos. This is true of our spiritual and natural lives.
Even when what we see does not add up, we are to remind ourselves constantly- scripture says it, I believe it, I speak it. (2 Corinthians 4:13).
Also, remember that God’s infinite wisdom is always available for you to tap into.
ESV records James 1:5 in this way “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him”.
From today, give direction to the affairs of your life regardless of what’s going on around you. This season and beyond, aim to thrive, not survive.