A Stranger Doesn’t Have Privileges
If a stranger walked into your home and went to your fridge, pulled out some food to make a sandwich, what would you do? Or better yet, they went to your bathroom and grabbed five rolls of toilet tissue? A TOTAL STRANGER!
I don’t know about you, but he isn’t making it to the fridge before I look at him crazy and ask what the heck are you doing? Now, let’s change the character from a stranger to your college-aged son. He walks in, kisses you on the forehead and says, “Hey mom, what’s to eat.” If you are like me, I am going to ask him what he has a taste for and whip him up a tasty momma meal real quick. Yes, I love to cook for my son. Truth be told, I just love to cook, my son, friends, clients, you name it, and I am ready to cook. LOL!! The reality is a stranger doesn’t have the same privileges as my son, friends, and family.
Have you ever had someone who really doesn’t know you well try to tell you how to raise your kids? Maybe they try to give you advice on how to deal with your husband. How about when they try to correct you on a situation that they know nothing about, how do you respond? Most of the people I know don’t appreciate strangers poking their nose into their business. However, if it was someone who has built a relationship with you. They are a true friend that has been there in the ups and downs of your life; then they have permission to speak, to correct, and to advise. A relationship has its privileges.
I am constantly looking for ways to give unexpected value, encouragement, and tips to my clients. We have created a bit of a BtFL Family. I love to connect my clients to people who can enrich their lives, and they can do the same. I only refer “my clients” to people who are looking for services that I don’t provide like Real Estate, Jewelry, Mary Kay, Rodan & Field, Photography, and the list goes on. It is simply a relational privilege.
One of the perks my clients get every Tuesday is an encouraging word from scripture. After all, I am a Christian Life Coach and what better way to show some love than through the Author of Love – JESUS. Today, I thought I would share a glimpse of their Tuesday encouragement with the rest of the world. I hope it will help you smile a little brighter today!
Blessed in Famine
“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him. The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous.”Genesis 26:12-13 NKJV
During a time of famine and while in enemy territory, God instructed Isaac to sow seed into the land of Gerar, the land governed by Abimelech king of the Philistines. Isaac did as instructed and received an unusual harvest during the same year. A year of famine.
Let’s look at this closely. The seed that had been sowed was not producing a harvest; that’s why there was a famine. People were unable to feed their families and farm animals. Herds were dying due to starvation. With nothing to trade, they had no means of gaining what was necessary to survive, let alone thrive. It is only natural to hold on to what little you have and stretch it out so you can endure the hard times. BUT ISAAC has a relationship with the sovereign God of the Universe. The God that owns cattle on a thousand hills prospered and protected Isaac.
There are so many nuggets to glean from this passage. The one that stands out to me is Isaac sowed during a famine. When things were tight and times were hard, Isaac allowed the Lord to guide him into abundance. Isaac was obedient because He trusted the character of God – The Great I AM!
- I AM your provision
- I AM your portion
- I AM your peace
- I AM your protection
- I AM your prosperity
Sow Out of the Box!
Sowing doesn’t always mean tithe. You can sow a seed of extra time into your family or a complicated relationship (which is what I am doing this week, oh lucky me). You can sow more into your side hustle, write that book, learn how to create passive income and different types of marketing for your business. It could mean you sow time into educating yourself on the stock market so you can learn how to invest and win while stocks are cheap. Sowing can mean so many different things. Think out the box!
The Privileges of Relationship
Okay, back to Isaac. Isaac’s relationship with God was not brand new. He had a history with Him. Relationship grants you privileges that you would not normally have without it. During times when things are uncertain, and calamity is happening all around you, strengthen your relationship with the One who can give you a hundredfold harvest during a famine. Not because of what is in His hand but because of what is in His heart for you! LOVE abundantly that never dies out. You are the apple of His eye and the object of His affection. He cares for YOU!
Isaac unlocked that hundredfold harvest because he was obedient to the leading of the LORD. God didn’t tell Isaac in advance what would happen if he sowed into the land, God just told him to do it. Isaac had a high trust relationship with a faithful God who had always shown up for him, so he acted on what he was told to do.
What is Your Experience?
How many of you can say that is your testimony? How many of you can say God has always been my Keeper, my Rescuer, my Provider, my Protector, and my Way-maker? If Jesus has done it for you once, then He will surely do it for you again.
Trust in His character and not what you see all around you. If He is guiding you into unfamiliar land for Pete’s sake, GO! He will never lead you into a place that He won’t keep you, Beloved.
Sending Jesus Hugs Your Way!
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