With inflation on the rise and unemployment at depression levels combined with a global recession, increasing economic uncertainty and the financial carnage stemming from a worldwide pandemic, Christians are turning to the Bible for answers. It doesn’t take long for them to see the signs of the time prophesied as those of the Last Days to be discerned, which forebode scarcity, famine and economic upheaval as dominant attributes that the child of God is instructed to be prepared for.
A Time to Sow
One must know, like the Patriarch Isaac, how to sow the seeds of famine while there is still time before the coming storm makes it impossible. God told Isaac not to trust in better economic conditions in nearby countries, but rather to sow the seeds of famine in the parched soil of the land of famine. The Bible says ~ “There was a famine in the land…Then the LORD appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt…Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you…Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him” (Genesis 26. 1-3,12). Isaac might very well have died of hunger if he had not learned from the Lord how to sow the seeds of family.
Sowing Seeds of Famine
Only by faith and wisdom are the seeds of famine sown. The most trying time to sow for a harvest, and the most difficult place to sow in the dire straits of a economic ruin is in the dusty parched sun baked soil, where only God could make the seeds grow, and the harvest would be nothing less than a miracle by faith. The Bible says that the famine had already begun. Seed is food. The last thing most people do in time of famine is sow precious seed, which is precisely the most fatal error. There can be no harvest without sowing seed.
Hearing from God
The most essential part is hearing from God at the onset of the famine before all of one’s seed been devoured. God will do miracles to rescue His people in time of famine, but they must hear His voice and respond to His voice in faith for the miracle provision of God. Isaac did not have a Bible like we do. His faith was built directly upon the word of God that was spoken to Him by the Spirit of God in prayer, and this was the foundation and source of Isaac’s faith. ~ “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10.17). God is speaking to His children now at this strategic moment when there is still time for the harvest to grow and provide sustenance in the coming economic storm. It is now that the voice of God must be heard and acted upon. The word of God brings faith, but without corresponding actions of faith on out part, the seeds of famine will die. ~ “But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” (James 2.20).
Sow Where God Says
The key to reaping a divine harvest while those on all sides perish in the dearth is, like Isaac was instructed to do, to sow seed into the land where God says to sow, into the place from which God has chosen to feed you. One of many examples of this is the miraculous feeding of the five thousand. Jesus was preaching the word of God to the hungry multitude; he was feeding 5000 men spiritual food, ministering the word of God to them under the anointing of the Holy Spirit, but the time was late, and these men were in need of natural food as well as spiritual. So what did they have to do? —They had to sow the seeds of famine. These men had to give to Jesus, through whom God was speaking to them, and they had to first sow the seeds of famine, the precise same type of seed they wanted to harvest. ~ “Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes” (Matthew 14.19).
Plant Where You Eat
God’s method of provision in time of famine is to multiplying the five loaves and two fishes, which requires the planting of the seeds of famine first. The first thing necessary is always to sow the seed of famine into the place from which God is speaking to the individual in need. They had to bring the seed, the five loaves and two fish, to the place from which God spoke to them, to Jesus, God’s anointed minister. Jesus said ~ “The Spirit of the LORD [is] upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to [the] poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to [the] captives And recovery of sight to [the] blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed” (Luke 4.18). What would have happened if they had refused to give the five loaves and two fishes to the ministry of God’s word…? And so it is today. Only those who bring their seed, their loaves and fishes, into the place from which God feeds them will receive a miracle harvest in the heat of the devastation of the Black¹ Horse Rider, the time of the famine and economic upheaval of the last days and return of Christ.
And you shall remember the LORD your God, for [it is] He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as [it is] this day.
- Revelation 6.5
© L. Jonathan Blais 2021 All rights reserved. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission.