God's Solution in Times of Famine

  • By Pastor Sophia
    There are a lot of names given to famine in our world today. Some call it recession, depression, economic meltdown and the rest.
    The good news is that God is not unaware of the times we are in. In fact, there have being many recorded times of famine in bible days. There were great recessions too during the times of God's covenant people.  
    1kings 18:2
    "And Elijah went to shew himself unto Ahab. And there was a sore famine in Samaria".
    The Bible even recorded that famine as sore, another word for severe.
    At another time, there was so much recession, it has not rained in three years. So it was not just economical instability, even the heavens were shut.
    It was so bad women were boiling their babies and children to eat.
    2kings 6:29
    "So we boiled my son, and did eat him: and I said unto her on the next day, Give thy son, that we may eat him: and she hath hid her son".
    I believe all these times of famine were recorded for us to know that the times we are in are not strange. However true this is, God does not want us or expect us to accept this times as our experience.
    God's children are expected to live above such times. We are expected to excel at such times. We are to experience abundance and flourish at such times. We are covenant people, and our covenant is not situation or location bound.
    Our covenant with God is divine and heaven-bound. If there is no scarcity in heaven, then we children of God are exempted from famine and scarcity. Our budget is heavenly and divine.
    Like every covenant however, there are responsibilities we have to follow to provoke such divine, supernatural provision. It is foolishness to despise what is gain and beneficial.
    One of God's greatest solution to famine, recession and famine is "Giving". It's either you take it or leave it. Some may debate it, analyse it or contend with it, it still doesn't change anything. God's principles are enjoyed only by those who apply it. Giving remains God's proven at solution in times of lack and insufficiency. The Bible is filled with men and women who gave during famine and enjoyed plenty.
    We will look at just two examples this morning for our edification.
    1. Isaac
    Gen26:1  And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went unto Abimelech king of the Philistines unto Gerar.
    By Gen 26:12  
    "Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him."
    That was what Isaac did.
    Vs 13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: Until you sow and your seed leaves you, you are not qualified for heaven's abundance.
    2. The widow.
    Gen 17:1 "And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand."
    She was given a very hard instruction. To give her last. Her very last and she doesn't have any idea or hope where the next will come from. We can sow sacrificially if we know our next salary is due in a few days. This is a widow, no husband to assist her and to make matters worse there was severe famine and drought.
    What happened next secured this widow and her child throughout the season of famine. You can read this account in Gen 17.
    You can exempt yourself from this recession by your simple act of obedience. Release what is in your hand to secure a better future. The faithful God who has put down the principle of sowing and reaping also watches over His word to perform it.
    Your giving is not for someone's sake, it's for your own sake. Each person gives to secure their own future.
    God bless you.
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    Lord, let supernatural provision be my portion in Jesus name


    Psalms 34:8 (MSG)  
    Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see— how good GOD is. Blessed are you who run to him.

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