”…Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold: and the Lord blessed Him.”  [Genesis 26:12]

In stories of survivors of the Nazi death camps, an attitude of determined giving was one of the things that distinguished the survivors from those who perished.  If a prisoner was on the verge of starvation, but he had a crust of bread or a scrap of a potato that he could share with his comrade in suffering, he was psychologically and spiritually capable of surviving.  A survivor of Treblink described it his way:  “In our group we shared everything, and the moment one of the group ate something without sharing it, we knew it was the beginning of the end for him”

In Isaac’s story it wasn’t just that he continued to sow seed, it was that he sowed seed in time of famine!.  “And there was a famine in the land…” [Genesis 26:1] Everyone else’s harvest was failing—not Isaac’s he received a hundredfold and was blessed.

This is not so much a ‘giving’ lesson as an ‘attitude’ lesson.  An attitude of giving is given when Christ is the land-Lord of your heart.  It’s not always easy—the natural response is—I only have a little therefore I need to protect and keep this for myself.  The trouble is the attitude affects everything—even a smile is kept within, an act of kindness is withheld, a prayer goes unprayed, a moment of time is wasted.  When the heart is closed rather than open, squeezing rather than releasing, it results in holding rather than giving.

Begin this morning with an attitude of giving and watch God’s harvest grow!

Further reading:   ~ Genesis 26:1-14  ~  2 Corinthians 9:6-15

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