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; for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him. Gen 26:12-14
I love this scripture. It reveals so many different things.
Prosperity, like this, is lost on a society like ours. We are no longer an agrarian culture, that is, we no longer plant gardens and deal in livestock.
My grandparents did.
I remember helping them with planting and with harvesting later in the year.
You do not just plant a field of seed, walk away, and expect a great harvest later. You must work that field against weeds, insects, critters, and drought.
Isaac sowed the land, worked it, and reaped a hundredfold.
He did it again and again and again.
He worked hard to increase his flocks and herds. He hired more help and his operation became huge.
The greatest prosperity is not in material things; but in spiritual!
The apostle John prayed for those he wrote and wanted them to prosper in all things and health just as your soul prospers. You see, salvation is the ultimate gain in your life.
Matthew 25:14-30 reveals a parable on the kingdom of heaven. It describes those given a gift and their investment and use of that gift.
One man just buried his talent and reaped nothing extra. Can you imagine planting one kernel of wheat and getting a plant with only one kernel of wheat? You gained nothing!
God expects your salvation to prosper with more than just yourself! He expects you to grow and become prosperous in the salvation of others!
As Paul said, “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.” 1 Cor 3:6-8
Do your part – whether you plant or water… you prosper!