Finances and the availability of resources can be a pretty stressful dynamic in life. Those two things have a tendency of causing people a lot of grief. The challenge is it can be problematic when the finances are too low or too high. However, it is important to recognize that money and resources are not the problem. Instead, it is one's attitude towards those things that can be problematic. Many allow finances and resources to become problematic because of a misguided focus on where those things come from. The Bible reveals that so long as one has the proper perspective regarding these things, life is much simpler - whether there is a lot to go around, or very little.
In Genesis 26:12-22 the Bible talks about a challenging set of circumstances that Isaac was having. The Bible first states that God was heavily blessing Isaac. The scriptures state that Isaac sowed seed and was able to reap 100-fold in that harvest! The Lord had provided a tremendous increase! The scriptures go on to say that Isaac became a rich man, and kept getting richer until he was noticeably wealthy. The Bible states that Isaac had large flocks of sheep, herds of cattle, many slaves/employees, and was doing so well that the Philistines began to get jealous of his wealth.
Genesis 26:12--22 goes on to explain how the Philistines responded to the increase that the Lord was providing for Isaac. The Philistines sought to try and take Isaac down, and began to stop up his wells of water to deplete his resources. The Bible teaches that Isaac had taken great efforts and a lot of time to restore the wells that his father had dug in the land of Gerar years before, but the Philistines came in their jealousy to destroy that work. The Bible explains that the circumstances got to a point where the Philistines simply told Isaac to move away because they feared that Isaac had grown too wealthy and powerful for their comfort.
The scriptures state that Isaac complied with their request. He didn't seek to exercise the power and wealth he had developed to take a stand for his rights. Isaac didn't contend with the Philistines in any sort of way. Though his wealth and status had exponentially grown, Isaac packed up his resources and moved into wilderness territory and began to rebuild there, and continued to restore some of the wells that Abraham had dug previously. However, as Isaac's men restored the wells, the scriptures reveal that the Philistines followed Isaac out to the wilderness and contended with Isaac about who's property the wells were. The wells were obviously the property of Abraham, and by extension Isaac. Nevertheless, the Philistines caused Isaac grief. Isaac restored one well, but that caused contention. So the scriptures show that Isaac called that well "Quarrel." Isaac dug up another well, but that also caused contention so Isaac called that well "Hostility."
Isaac continued to move from one place to another, avoiding the contention, quarreling and hostility, and God blessed Isaac's patience and meekness. The scriptures finally reveal Isaac finding a well that did not cause drama, in which case he called the well "Open Space." The compelling truth about this scripture lies in the statement that Isaac makes at the end of Genesis 26:12-22. Isaac stated, "For not the Lord has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land." This statement demonstrates Isaac's understanding of his circumstances. Isaac understood that his wealth was because of the Lord. Isaac understood that his grief in contention over the wells was because of the Lord. Isaac simply understood that God was in charge of all things, and Isaac's meekness through the contention served as evidence that Isaac was willing to submit to the will of God, no matter what the circumstances were like.
Isaac had an understanding that his wealth was a blessing for God that he didn't earn. Isaac's wealth was a token of God's grace so that when Isaac could have contended back with the Philistines, he forfeited that opportunity and yielded to the Philistines as if he were not rich. Isaac understood that he was simply a steward of God's own resources so that whether he abounded or had lacking, his attitude never changed. The scriptures also demonstrate that Isaac had an understand that his status as wealthy was only a temporary thing so long as the Lord allowed it. Isaac was appreciative of the peace he was finally able to receive from the last well that he dug. However, Isaac recognized that the circumstances of peace was good "for now." He recognized that the Lord might allow more contention and quarreling. Yet Isaac shows that he is willing to continue to submit to the Lord's will.
The point of this testimony shows that Isaac had the right perspective regarding finances. When he was blessed to be rich, he had an understanding that the Lord caused it, and considered the wealth the Lord's own wealth so that when the wealth caused friction and contention, Isaac didn't respond with a poor attitude in sin. Instead, Isaac demonstrated the meekness of Christ and forfeited his opportunity to demonstrate the strength of his riches, and submitted to the desires of the Philistines by moving from place to place. Isaac never let his finances and resources cloud his understanding of who was in charge. If God was gracious enough to bless Isaac in the ways that He did, then God was gracious enough to get Isaac through the challenges he was facing. The scriptures proved this to be true, and Isaac's attitude glorified God in the process.