I just finished reading this morning about Isaac following the death of Abraham.  The story can be found in Genesis 25.  There I found where God blessed Isaac greatly, actually giving him a one-hundred-fold harvest increase.  As a result, he became very great and had many possessions.  It is always in the hands of the Lord to bless and prosper whomever and whenever He desires.  However, there was yet another step for Isaac, that of experiencing God for himself.  He had always enjoyed God’s blessing because he was Abraham’s son, but now he needed a personal relationship with the Lord.

Genesis 25:24 informs us that God appeared to him one night.  There He renewed His vow to bless Abraham’s seed.  Isaac made a commitment at that moment to worship the Lord, and built an altar.  This is the first time we find that Isaac called upon the name of the Lord.  There his servants dug a well and found water.  Isaac decided to stay there, and the Lord gave him peace with those who caused him trouble.

I would like to encourage our missionaries to stay engaged in the work of the Lord.  Who knows, this may be the year the Lord sends a hundred-fold harvest in your ministry.  Keep digging wells.  Keep worshipping the Lord.  He is aware of your sacrifice and labor, and He has promised to be with you.  “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord” (I Cor. 15:58).

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