“Your adherence to divine instructions is a demonstration of your faith, a gift from God, which propels you into a realm of hundredfold harvest, even in the midst of the oddest of challenges – Prosper Anang
Divine instructions are meant to be followed, whether we feel comfortable or not. This was what Paul had in mind when he admonished Timothy to “Herald and preach the Word! Keep your sense of urgency [stand by, be at hand and ready], whether the opportunity seems to be favorable or unfavorable. [Whether it is convenient or inconvenient…]” (2 Timothy 4:2 Amplified).
Each divine instruction is a carrier of a supernatural force that’s meant to harness its actualization. This force is unleashed only when the instruction is followed to the latter. Again, Paul had this in mind when he said “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God…” [Romans 1:16 KJV]
Anytime you adhere to a divine instruction, it’s interpreted as a demonstration of faith on your part; which will always be honoured by the Godhead in return, given that “without faith it’s impossible to please God” [Hebrews 11:6 KJV]
Faith is a spiritual force that pushes you into a dimension of a hundredfold harvest, your circumstance at the time notwithstanding.
One thing you need to always be mindful of is that faith works anywhere or anytime; faith doesn’t take cognizance of your circumstance at the time of its activation or application.
My Case Study: Isaac
Genesis 26:1-13 opens by revealing that there was a famine in the land where Isaac lived, just as it was in the days of his father Abraham [verse 1]. Isaac wasn’t seeing this condition of drought for the first time, considering that he had seen a similar situation during the days of his father. With his experience of the past, he thought to himself that fleeing was going to be the best deal. So he went to meet Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar.
I want you to understand that Abimelech was an old friend to Isaac’s father, meaning there was an existing relationship between them. Going to meet Abimelech was Isaac’s way of offering him a parting salutation, given their friendship. Genesis 26:2 shows us that Isaac’s intention was to relocate to Egypt. However, God’s appearance to him changed all his plans, as he was instructed to “Go not down into Egypt; dwell in the land which I shall tell thee of”.
In Genesis 26:3 Isaac was specifically instructed to live in Gerar, in spite of the famine. That was a divine instruction, which to the best of my knowledge wasn’t easy for Isaac to adhere to. The reason I say so is because, it would have been easier for an indigene of Gerar to be instructed not to leave his land, because he actually had no choice, but not a foreigner who was asked to live in a place in spite of the several other options he had.
You see Isaac wanted to do what a lot of us would have done if we had the slightest opportunity. One thing you need to know is that challenges don’t come to kill us, rather, they’re meant to make us stronger. You see, irrespective of how powerful a torch light is; its usefulness isn’t felt during the day. But once it’s night, its expediency can be felt by all.
We’re the light of the world [Matthew 5:14], but no one can ever feel the intensity of our light until when darkness shows up. The darker the darkness is the brighter our lights [Isaiah 60:1-2]. This was something that Isaac didn’t understand, and that’s why he felt the best thing to do was to relocate.
The instruction to live in Gerar in spite of the famine came with some promises that were spelled out in Genesis 26:3 “I will be with you, and will bless thee; for unto thee, and unto thy seed, I will give all these countries, and I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father”.
Choosing to adhere to the instruction of remaining in Gerar in spite of the famine, would guarantee the following for Isaac:
First, God’s backing in everything he did [I will be with you];
Second, supernatural endowment for a lifetime of success [I will bless thee];
Third, a legacy for his posterity [for unto thy seed, I will give all these countries]; and
Finally, a fulfillment of God’s oath to his father – Abraham [I will perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father].
These, amongst others, are the things we stand to gain by adhering to divine instructions. With divine backing, we become the majority. Hence, “If God is for us, who can be against us”. You know the answer.
Being endowed supernaturally for success means to be set up for a lifetime of unending accomplishment.
One of the things God told Isaac that He was going to do for him if he obeyed, was to “perform the oath which I sware unto Abraham thy father”. God was actually speaking based on what He said to Abraham in Genesis 22:16 “By myself have I sworn…”
What exactly did God swear to Abraham? The answer is found in Genesis 22:17-18 “In blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies, and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed …”
These were the things that God promised Abraham, and now He’s heard telling Isaac, if you adhere to my instruction in spite of the prevailing circumstance [in this case, famine], I will perform the oath that I swore to your father.
Why would God not make fresh promises to Isaac? The answer is found in Hebrews 6:13-18 [TLB] “For instance, there was God’s promise to Abraham: God took an oath in his own name, since there was no one greater to swear by, that he would bless Abraham again and again, and give him a son and make him the father of a great nation of people. When a man takes an oath, he is calling upon someone greater than himself to force him to do what he has promised or to punish him if he refuses to do it; the oath ends all arguments about it. God also bound himself with an oath, so that those he promised to help would be perfectly sure and never need to wonder whether he might change his plans. He has given us both his promise and his oath, two things we can completely count on, for it is impossible for God to tell a lie”.
Promising to perform the oath He swore to Abraham, was a way of reminding Isaac that He hadn’t forgotten the deal He had with him. That’s why He told Isaac the following in order to remind him of the oath: “And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed” [Genesis 26:4].
God also reminded Isaac that the reason why He was committed to performing the oath He swore to Abraham was because Abraham followed His instructions [Genesis 26:5].
All of this was to actually make Isaac see reasons why it was necessary for him to adhere to the instruction of remaining in Gerar in spite of the famine. Well, God’s preaching to Isaac paid off, hence we’re told that “And Isaac dwelt in Gerar” [Genesis 26:6].
What was the outcome? Did God keep His own end of the deal? Yes, of course, He has always done that. He still stands out as the best person to have a deal with. Isaac’s choice to remain in Gerar in spite of the famine paid off big. That’s exactly what God’s Word teaches us in Genesis 26:11-25.
My Final Thoughts
My dear friend, have you received an instruction from God, don’t focus on the odd conditions surrounding you, just go ahead and follow the instruction to the latter, with the understanding that every divine instruction doesn’t only come with a supernatural force that’s meant to harness its actualization; but this force is unleashed only when the instruction is followed to the latter.
Remember also that your unwillingness to follow a divine instruction isn’t an exhibition of the absence of faith, but a lack of desire to use the measure of faith which you received at the new birth.
However, your adherence to divine instructions is a demonstration of your faith, a gift from God, which propels you into a realm of hundredfold harvest, even in the midst of the oddest of challenges. So go on and exercise your faith by promptly following divine instructions.
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