Genesis 26:1-3 Now there was a famine in the land…and Isaac went down to Abimelek king of the Philistines in Gerar. The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live… and I will be with you and bless you.

God told Isaac not to go down to Egypt. Despite the famine in the land, the Lord said He would be with Isaac and would bless him.

This is such a powerful promise for you and me today if you will receive it, especially when experiencing times of downturn.

Even in the middle of a famine, Isaac was blessed and reaped a hundred-fold harvest. No one else in the land reaped a blessing. Why was that? It was because Isaac was “blessed by the Lord.”

Verse 12 says, “…because the Lord blessed him.”

And it is the same for you if you will believe the Lord. Even in the midst of famine – the Lord will bless you. There might be economic downturn; you might even lose your job; you might be having difficulty getting a job; customers might be reluctant to transact – but you can still see the Lord’s blessing.

But whether you see that blessing or not, often comes back to your perspective of blessing and whether you are “self-conscious” or “Christ conscious.”

“Self-conscious” people see their blessing as a consequence of their condition – what they can or cannot do.

“Christ conscious” people see their blessing as a consequence of their position in Christ – what Christ has done for them.

Reading the entire chapter of Genesis 26, you will note that a key to Isaac’s blessing was his wells. His wells were flowing. And everyone else’s wells were dried up. This is a powerful metaphor for us today.

Jesus said in John 4 that He is the “Living Well.” He was talking to the Samaritan woman and said that ‘living waters will flow from Him.’ This is the key to why you can be blessed and overflowing in your life even in the midst of economic famines. It’s because the source of your blessing and prosperity comes from within, and not from the outside.

So how do you actually see the evidence of this blessing flowing especially when you are in a time of famine?

Become Christ conscious every day. Don’t be “self-conscious”, thinking it is all up to you. Being Christ conscious means you believe every day His grace is there to help you in every situation and set back.  

Pastor Wayne Simpson


Be Christ-conscious and see blessing flowing even in times of downturn.