In the Bible Genesis 26:18-26 we read the story of Isaac digging wells. These were wells that Abraham had dug before. The land where he was had experienced a famine and another one even before that. Isaac obeys God as he is instructed to live in a land where he is an alien. Being only faithful, God promises to bless Isaac. In a dry and thirsty land, Isaac was able to still dig wells. How difficult this may have been but it had to be done.
19 Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there. 20 But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well [a]Esek, (quarrel) because they quarreled with him.
Water is a precious mineral and without it there would be no life. Let’s remember Isaac was a wealthy man so he must have needed to feed and water both people and animals. He had possessions of flocks and herds, and a great household. Imagine all the cooking involved, washing up, people bathing, watering crops (considering there was a famine) and so on. All of these require the use of water.
21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that also. So he called its name Sitnah (enmity).
Are there times in your life where and when you do what you know to do but still find opposition, strife or enmity? You put all your efforts into a certain project knowing very well that it is going to succeed only for your efforts to be frustrated maybe due to jealousy or envy.
Circumstances in your life may even force you to relocate. It can get that serious.
22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name [c]Rehoboth, because he said, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”
Finally after all the struggles life seems to breathe over you a sigh of relief. What a feeling when you have ‘space’. There is quite a lot one can do when they have room. In my school days as the term came to a close, we went home with report forms and a comment or two from the subject teacher would read. “Room for improvement.” This meant there was scope or opportunity for one to do better. Imagine how much you can achieve when the Lord gives you room.
The story of Isaac to me is one of perseverance. Its an encouragement to keep digging, keep pushing for what you rightfully believe in. Do not give up. Some things are worth pursuing as they are precious just like the water they kept digging for. You could be in a situation where you do all you know how and think that it’s all done and dusted only for someone else to come and usurp your input. However, if we do not give up in well doing, then we see a blessing.
Galatians 6:9, KJV: “And let us not be weary inwell doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”May the Lord grant us strength to keep doing good.
Isaac was finally able to enjoy the peace. Let us also remember that when God speaks to us and we obey then we eat the fat of the land. Isaac sowed in a land that had famine yet he reaps in the same year a hundredfold. The Bible continues to say that the Lord blessed him and became rich and prospered until he became very wealthy. Try to picture that.
You could be blessed by the Lord but instead of being celebrated some people could envy you and make sure you are moved out. It could be a job where you are doing well and even surpassing some of your seniors and due to envy you miss out on your promotion or even get dismissed. Things happen but the message here is, have faith and hope and never give up. Keep digging for what is precious.
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