"And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great" (Gen 26:13)
We all want God to bless us and indeed God Himself desires to bless us. However, the problem we have most times is that we do not understand God's perspective on blessing. We believe that 'if I could just have a million dollars in cash or if I could have a nice job, or make the right connections, I will know that God has blessed me'
The truth of the matter is that whenever we ask God to bless us, he answers our prayers! He actually blesses us much more than we could ever ask for. The problem usually is that we do not know that we have been blessed and therefore do not know what to do with what we have.
The Bible provides us adequate information on how God blesses us and what we can do to create room for the blessings to multiply in our lives. Isaac was one man who understood the principle of blessing. There was famine in the land where he was living in and he was contemplating leaving for Egypt where things were better. Just before he could put his plans to action, the Lord instructed him not to go down to Egypt but to remain where he was, promising to bless him just like he blessed his father Abraham.
Isaac obeyed God and stayed in Gerar. He however did not behave like many of us do today. He didn't just sit down and wait to see what God would do. He went straight to work. As he worked, his returns began to increase in great proportions, not because he was necessarily skillful at what he was doing, but because God blessed him (Gen 26:12)
The unique thing about Isaac was that as soon as he saw that he was being blessed, he sowed more, until he became great. At this point, many of us would have been reveling in a state of 'having arrived' but not so with Isaac, he wasn't going to be satisfied until he became very great (Gen 26:13)
I believe it is the will of God for His children to become not just great, but to become very great. This is because God himself is a great God and His greatness must manifest in the lives of His children.
Just like God told Isaac not to leave for Egypt, God could be giving you instructions, which when obeyed, will open up the floodgates of blessings. For some of us, the instruction may be to stay where we are, others it could be to leave where we are, just like God told Abraham. The keyword is to hear the voice of God and obey.
Whatever situation or circumstances you may be facing today, don't ever think that the material blessings of God is only for a select few. For everyone who desires His blessings, whether material, spiritual or physical blessings, God has more than enough to make all of His children very great.
Don't just be satisfied with what you are today, you haven't even achieved anything compared to what God has in store for you. Go forward until you get to the place where you become very great!
Steve Popoola is the editor of Biblepraise Newsletter and the founder of the Biblepraise Fellowship Online at http://www.biblepraise.org. He lives in Kent, United Kingdom, where he works as an IT Professional. He currently serves in the worship team in his local church and on occasion, speaks at invited events. He is the Moderator/Editor of the Biblepraise Newsletter. He can be reached through His email address,email@example.com