“In [Isaac’s] offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge” (Genesis 26:4-5, ESV).
Obeyed is a key word here in this passage because obedience brings blessing. You take a step of faith and say, “God, this is hard, and I’m not even sure I can do this.” But you step into it and say, “God, I’m going to obey” and when you do that, the windows of heaven will open to you. Grace empowers us to do what God calls us to do.
We are called to be holy people—to be set apart—to be reverent to the Lord—to obey His commands. Disobedience often robs us of the favor and blessing and completeness of the work that He wants to do in our lives.
No matter what God tells you to do, obey Him. If He tells you to give, obey Him. If He tells you to go, obey Him. If He tells you to stay, obey Him. Do not live by what you want to do, live by what God wants you to do and you will find blessings coming to you, on you, around you. Things that you touch will be blessed by the Lord.
“And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold” (verse 12). We see that Isaac planted and reaped a great harvest. God is not anxious or upset about the economy of America. He is not worried about what is going on in your your job or in your household. Why? Because He has all the ability, all the resources, all power in heaven to be able to meet all your needs according to His riches in glory.
God wants you to know that He is blessing you. That is His heart. Get rid of this notion of a cranky, old-fashioned God up in heaven just waiting for you to make a mistake so that He can take stuff away from you. No! God wants to empower you to be obedient because He loves to bless you.