12 Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. 13 The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. 14 He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. 15 So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth.
16 Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.” Genesis 26:12-16
Adding to yesterday’s dilemma, the Lord blessed Isaac beyond his wildest dreams. The King feared him and told him to move away.
Now Isaac had his own dilemma. He could do as the king asked or he could stand his ground and continue to grow more powerful. He ran the risk of losing it because Abimelek could have gone after him.
Most powerful men today would stand their ground and say that no one was going to tell them where or how to live.
But Isaac knew that there was a big world out there. He probably assumed that God could continue to bless him wherever he lived.
So, in the absence of clear direction from the Lord, Isaac had to decide.
We find ourselves in this situation all the time. In the absence of clear direction, what do you choose?
- Local 2-year college or 4-year university with scholarship out of state?
- Job here or job elsewhere making 80% more money?
- Small church 10 miles away or megachurch a block away?
- New car or nice used car?
So, how do you choose? Pray. Ask God. With no direction, make a decision. If it’s the wrong decision, ask God to reveal it to you sooner rather than later.
There really are no right or wrong answers when making those kinds of decisions.
Like Isaac, God will bless you as you make those decisions.
Will they always be the right ones? No, but He can still bless you in the middle of them.