Genesis 26:16 Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “move away from us; you have become too powerful for us”.

Not everyone is going to like you being blessed. Like Isaac, other people became envious of his blessing and they asked him to leave and go somewhere else. But Isaac stood his ground.

This is a picture of what the Bible calls “standing in faith” (Ephesians 6:13-14). 

Isaac is living in a famine and by faith trusts the Lord. And then when his blessing is there to be seen by everyone, Isaac has to stand in faith so the enemy doesn’t rob him of his blessing.

Jesus said in John 10:10 the thief (devil) comes to rob, to kill and to destroy…

Now the devil cannot just take your blessing away from you. It is because of your position in Christ that you are blessed (Ephesians 1:3). He is the Living Well that blessing flows from (John 4:13). But what the devil can do is try to “rob you” of that blessing.

In the same way, the Philistines were trying to push Isaac out, this is what the enemy will try to do to you. Not only was the enemy pushing him out of town, they also blocked up his wells.

And your enemy the devil will try to “rob you” by pushing you around and blocking things in your life. This might come through intimidation and/or stalling tactics in the marketplace. But like Isaac, just stand in faith trusting in the Lord. Everything will turn out for your good. 

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Now, this can be a difficult time for Christians. You see the blessing of the Lord and then something happens. What you need to understand is it is not the Lord taking His blessing away from you because you made a mistake or did something wrong. This is what the enemy will be whispering in your ear. He’ll be trying to condemn you or fill you with fear.

What is really happening is the enemy comes in to attack your blessing the same way the Philistines attacked Isaac’s blessing. But like Isaac, remain faithful to the Lord and you will see the Lord’s hand coming through. He will give you a better job with better terms; He will not only restore what has been lost but restore you to a better place. 

So, during times of difficulty just learn to stand your ground. Be like Isaac. Stand firm in the belief that you are a son of promise. Keep your head. Don’t start becoming negative, cynical, depressed and discouraged. 

Keep thinking what God wants you to think and keep speaking (in prayer) what God wants you to speak.

Pastor Wayne Simpson


Stand your ground and remain in faith.