Day 135: …Where Others Are Failing


Gen.26:12-14 (KJV) Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.

Having admonished in our previous post to NOT leave our ‘place’ even when the going gets tough (bearing in mind that the ‘place’ is not necessarily a physical location but might as well symbolize a peculiar setting, trade or field of endeavour), how does one step up to the next level amidst discomfort if escape is not an option?

The way out of hardship is ‘hardship’
The way out of adversity is ‘adversity’.

When faced with famine, Abraham left his place and went down to Egypt where he had to live a life of compromise. He knew no real peace until he returned to his place! Then his prosperity grew! (Gen.12:10-Gen.13:4)

And Pharaoh… sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had… And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south… to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the Lord. Gen12:20-13:1-4 (KJV)

Isaac, on the other hand, when faced with famine in his own generation stayed put in his ‘place’- a place defined for Him by God!

And though hardship was prevalent in that land, Isaac sowed there, and received in the same year a hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him, and he waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great; and the Philistines envied him!

He prospered in that same land where others failed because He didn’t operate there based on natural principles like the people. It was His ‘place’ as defined by God and He operated there on a totally different pedestal by God’s own principles.

The way out of hardship is ‘hardship’
The way out of adversity is ‘adversity’. Not escape!
The way out of famine is not escape but sacrificial sowing right in the midst of it!

And this includes all forms of seeds (e.g. acts of service, confessions of faith, thoughts, time etc) as well as our sacrificial financial and material seeds to God.

That is why the Psalmist said that he who sows with tears shall reap with joy…

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. Ps.126:6 (KJV)

Are you faced with adversity on your journey today? Do not plan a flight from your place. Rather it’s time to seek the Lord’s face as regards what to do as well as sow your way through and out of it in terms of your thoughts, words, acts of service, good work, time and resources!

And you will indeed succeed in the same place where others are failing because it is your ‘place’ by His grace.


Lord, when the going gets tough, please grant me the grace to resist the urge to jump out of my place no matter how tough it gets, but to rather seek Your face as to what You’d want me to do.

Please also give me the grace to sow my way through the famine of this age that I by Your grace and obedience to Your will might prosper where others have failed to Your glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Funmi Adebayo © 2015