Isaac sowed in the 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 [Genesis 26:12-14]
Walking with God is not a common place activity. To those around us who say being a Christian is for wimps, then my answer is that they have clearly never tried it. Choosing to walk with God when most others around us do not, definitely makes it a hard choice at times, maybe even a lonely one for some.
Isaac had made the decision to keep walking with God, even when those around him tried to tell him otherwise. Yet God honoured that step of faith and caused him to prosper. It brought a strange response. Envy.
Envy is defined as ‘a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else’s possessions or qualities’. In other words, people are looking on, watching how you react to circumstances and may pass comment about how you live life differently to them. They envy you for that. You have a quality that they wish they had themselves.
Why are you remaining so calm through times of uncertainty at work?
How can you still have confidence in the future when stuff is happening at home?
What helps you maintain your upbeat sense of purpose?
How come you seem to prosper?
Where does your faith that the best is yet to come, come from?
Paul wrote that, ‘To them that don’t believe, the message of the cross seems like foolishness’.
When you choose to walk with God, people are mostly going to ask ‘why?’ They are not always going to agree with you, instead they may possibly question your sanity. Your choice of a life with God just seems unnecessary, if not foolish to them. And that can be hard, especially when they are close friends or family.
Here’s what I am learning as I choose to walk with God….
Don’t be persuaded by the arguments of people, stay persuaded by the word of God.
Hold on to what you know is true.
Keep walking with God.
The blessing of choosing to live life this way will come and it will be so worth it.
What is your experience of seeing people react to how you choose to live life for God?