Have you ever heard the expression, “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it?”  This means that it is working. Just go with it. Don’t fix it.  Just leave it alone.   Have you ever scrambled to copy down a recipe that a friend used to prepare a delicious meal?  We all have at one time or another.  Again, if it worked don’t change it, otherwise who knows what you will end up with. With this thought in mind, as Christians, we are encouraged to follow the faith by copying the walk of Abraham and Jesus.

And the father(Abraham) of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised” – . Rom 4:12

For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 

Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 

Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judged righteously: 

Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. 1Pe 2:21 -24

As you study the life of Abraham and his promised son Isaac, you will find Isaac followed, copied, or walked in many of the same steps of his father. One example is found in Gen. 12:10 where Abraham found himself during a great famine in the land.  God instructed him to go to Egypt.  Egypt at this time was considered the “central” or most prosperous city of the day.  While in Egypt, Abraham observed the culture and the behaviors of the nation.  He saw what turned out to be a ‘witty invention’ that historically proved to be an idea that originated with the Egyptians.

I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of witty inventions. Pro 8:12 

The ancient Egyptians were dependent on the River Nile for its agricultural wealth and survival.  They are credited with inventing the practice of basin irrigation.  In other words, they developed a system that funneled the waters from the Nile River to water their crops.  This idea and practice ensured the Egyptian with the ability to produce large-scale agriculture.  This basin irrigation system credits these ancients with establishing the origins of Horticulture.

Now, what does have to do with Abraham and Isaac you may ask?  A good father teaches their children.  A good father (parent) is a storehouse of wisdom and knowledge.  Can you imagine father Abraham telling his son about the different culture and customs of the Egyptians?  I guarantee you that he shared the story of how he saw them draw water from the Nile River and funnel it into ditch basins that flowed through all of their planted crops.  There were enough food products which in times of famine and drought people flocked to Egypt to buy grain and thus survived.

One of the greatest stories in the Old Testament tells us of the great store houses of grain that was built in Egypt during Joseph’s time   (Abraham’s grandson).

And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 

 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saithe to you, do. 

 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: And Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt. 

 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands Gen 41:54 -77

In Gen. 26 is the account of Isaac and the time of great famine.

Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. Gen 26:12 

As we read and study Genesis, chapter 26, we find Isaac had to ‘dig again’ the wells of water that had been previously stopped up.  Remember, we are talking about a dry, arid, and desert land.  Water was critical for survival.  As Isaac and his servants continued to find and dig again a well that would be their own, I can assure you he ‘copied’ the wisdom of irrigation that was passed on to him from his father.

Isaac instructed his servant to dig ditches and take the drawn water and water the crops.  The crops produced a great harvest!  The Bible tells us Isaac sowed in the land and received a hundred-fold return in that same year!  In times of lack and drought we are to give, and we are to do those things that are outlined in the Word of God as examples for us to follow.

While the earth remained, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” – Gen 8:22

The Lord instructs us by letting us know that ‘Seed Time and Harvest’ will always remain while the world’s systems and practices will always fail at some point.  Whatever seed you plant, you will receive a harvest.   Isaac sowed, and he received a great harvest.

In times of famine, remember to ‘dig again’ the wells once dug by our ancestors.  Let’s not allow complacency to overtake us but remain vigilant and diligent to follow the Lord with Joy in our Hearts!  Know that God is faithful!

Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. Isa 12:2 -3

Rejoice in the Lord and draw the living water up and out of The Spirit to water those seeds that you have sown into the kingdom.  Declare your 100-fold harvest today!

Don’t be so quick to make fun or discard the old ways in exchange for today’s bells, whistles and schemes!  Declare that you are a “Copycat Christian”! Follow the examples of those who have walked before you. Follow the examples as set forth by the Word of God.


May God’s Grace Abundantly Reign In Your Life!

-Apostle Ric & Prophetess Kathy Steele


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