Genesis 25:1-26:35: In Genesis 25:21, Isaac prays earnestly for his wife, who was barren in her womb. The word used is “pleaded”; it means to worship, pray, and to supplicate (to pray humbly but fervently and earnestly). Barren means unproductive, depleted, fruitless, childless, and impoverished. If you find yourself in any condition that relates to any of those definitions, then pray and seek God to change your situation; don’t settle for anything less than what God has promised you in His Word. 2 Corinthians 1:20 states that all the promises of God are Yes in Jesus!!!! (Luke 11:5-10, 18:1-8)
In Genesis 25:24-34, we see Esau did not treat his birthright with proper respect, and sold it for a pot of stew because his flesh was dictating his decision. When you or I make decisions based on our flesh, impulses, emotions, and feelings on the spur of the moment, we can make long lasting, hurtful, and devastating decisions. When we allow our flesh to dominate our decisions, we are disrespecting our birthright given to us by God, when we received Jesus as our Lord. (Romans 8:12-14; Galatians 6:7-9)
Chapter 26 is loaded with nuggets!! It starts out with an economic depression. Isaac wanted to go to Egypt but God tells him not to go, to stay right where he was, and that God would bless and protect him!! It is amazing when we have tough times, we can sometimes decide to do things that are contrary to God’s Word, and His leading, which can cause some heartbreaking results.
Notice in verse 12 that Isaac sowed in the middle of famine, and reaped a hundredfold in the same year. (Mark 4:20) Don’t let outward circumstances affect your sowing and giving; God will bless you if you sow. (2 Corinthians 9:6-11) It’s not what you keep that God multiplies; it’s what you sow and give.
Proverbs 3:9-10: Honor and respect the Lord with your tithe (the first fruits of your income); He will fill you, and there will be overflow.
Matthew 9:18-38: The woman with the issue of blood gives us the principle of faith, and how to apply it. She made a declaration of what she was believing, she acted upon it, and she received what she believed. (2 Corinthians 4:13)
Notice in Matthew 9:23-26, Jesus spoke what He believed, and He was ridiculed for it. Therefore, He put the crowd outside. There are times you will have to put doubt and unbelief out of your mind, so you can see the power of God.
In Matthew 9:34-37, the religious folk were jealous and envious of Jesus’ ministry, so they attacked Him verbally. But Jesus kept on helping people that were sick and hurting. There are still plenty of sick and hurting people today, and we have the power of the Spirit of God living in us to pray for, and help them. Jesus said the harvest is great but lacking help. What are you doing to help? Be a part and get involved with your church!!!