One day, not too long ago, I received an email from a partner; in the subject line it had one word, famine. For the next few days, the word famine kept coming to mind. It seemed everywhere I looked I saw that one word, famine.
Famine is defined in the Webster’s 1828 dictionary as scarcity of provision, want of necessary provision, and destitution. The Strong’s concordance defines it as to hungrily desire, to the point you twist or bend. Whichever definition you choose, it is not a pleasant word. When I think of famine, I think of drought to the point that there are no crops producing harvest. Therefore, there is a lack, most often, an extreme lack of provision.
As I was praying for our partner over the weekend, the Lord gave me two specific scriptures and told me to share them with him, in a particular order.
The first scripture is found in Job 5:22. At destruction and famine you will laugh.
This scripture clearly shows us how we are to respond or react to famine or the threat of famine. We shall laugh.
Proverbs 17:22 says in the Living Bible, A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
One of the things I notice about people who go through trials and challenges without laughter is that they have no strength left. They are simply worn out from the battle. They will often tell you that they are tired and weary. Laughter can help that, it is medicinal. It will strengthen you where the lack of joy will strip you of strength. If you are going through a challenging time or a time of drought – make sure you take time to laugh.
However, I don’t believe that is the main reason we are to laugh at destruction and famine. The main reason is, we are to be like our Father, God. He laughs at the enemy; therefore, I believe we should as well.
Psalms 37:13 says, The Lord shall laugh at him: for he sees that his day is coming.
Psalms 2:4 says, He that sits in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.
How can we laugh at what the enemy says or does? We can laugh because we know the battle is won. Victory was ours at the cross. He can’t prevail against one who stands firm in faith, refusing to waver.
God’s first instruction in times of famine, don’t forget to laugh.
The next scripture God gave me are found in Genesis 26.
Genesis 26:1 says, There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.
How did God tell Isaac to react to the famine in the land? We see that answer in Genesis 26:12-13.
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.
Famines have been around since the beginning of time. These things do NOT move God. They should not move us. God shows us how to react to famine. We have heard it taught that Isaac wanted to leave where he was because of the famine, but God instructed him to stay. Not only to remain, but to sow in that land. God blessed him a hundredfold IN THE LAND OF FAMINE. God continued blessing him until he became very prosperous.
Today, I don’t know what area you find yourself in that you feel is not producing what you thought it would. I don’t know where the drought or famine is in your land. This I do know, God can bless you wherever you are, if you choose to sow in that land.
Ask God if you are to leave where you are (it may not be a physical place, it may be a job, a ministry, a situation) or if you are to remain where you are. If He keeps you there, He will bless you there. God is NO respecter of persons – what He did for Isaac, He will do for you. We see it all throughout the Bible. If you sow in faith, from a cheerful, willing heart, in the land of famine, you shall reap. It’s His promise – lay hold of it today and prosper in the land of famine.
Always remember, your prosperity has absolutely nothing to do with the economy or what is going on in the world. Your prosperity has everything to do with the promises of God, the Word of God and obeying what He says. Nothing else. He is the Lord of your harvest, never forget that.