January 25, 2018

Genesis 26:17–25 (NLT) — 17 So Isaac moved away to the Gerar Valley, where he set up their tents and settled down. 18 He reopened the wells his father had dug, which the Philistines had filled in after Abraham’s death. Isaac also restored the names Abraham had given them. 19 Isaac’s servants also dug in the Gerar Valley and discovered a well of fresh water. 20 But then the shepherds from Gerar came and claimed the spring. “This is our water,” they said, and they argued over it with Isaac’s herdsmen. So Isaac named the well Esek (which means “argument”). 21 Isaac’s men then dug another well, but again there was a dispute over it. So Isaac named it Sitnah (which means “hostility”). 22 Abandoning that one, Isaac moved on and dug another well. This time there was no dispute over it, so Isaac named the place Rehoboth (which means “open space”), for he said, “At last the Lord has created enough space for us to prosper in this land.” 23 From there Isaac moved to Beersheba, 24 where the Lord appeared to him on the night of his arrival. “I am the God of your father, Abraham,” he said. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you. I will multiply your descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will do this because of my promise to Abraham, my servant.” 25 Then Isaac built an altar there and worshiped the Lord. He set up his camp at that place, and his servants dug another well.

What a sweet testimony of faith Isaac has. It says that he reopened the wells that his father had dug because the Philistines, those ruled by their fleshly desires and by unbelief, had filled them. What was Isaac’s father known for; he was known for his faith in the Lord and by opening the wells Isaac was letting faith in God flow through him. He, like his father Abraham was willing to trust his life and all of life’s circumstances to the Lord.

So when there was a dispute over a well the he had dug, Isaac didn’t demand his rights, he didn’t take offense, he didn’t lash back, he held no bitterness or unforgiveness he just moved on and trusted that God would take care of him. I believe he believed that God had a allowed the offenders into his life as a test to see what he would do. Isaac passed the test and his faith grew with each test. And in time God worked it all out for good. God created space for Isaac and he renewed the covenant with Isaac that he had made with Abraham. And Isaac’s response was to worship and dig another well too keep his faith flowing:)

Do we trust God enough to dig deep and keep our faith flowing when we are being taken advantage of? Is our faith strong enough to refuse to take offense and instead let God take care of us? Do we see that the crappy people in our lives are God’s anointed offenders come to test our faith? Is our faith strong enough to be kind to the unkind? Are we willing to let God work all things out for good even when our situation or circumstance doesn’t even have a hint of good in it?

Keep opening the wells of faith and let it flow and eventually God will create space and a place for you. Like Isaac keep responding in worship and digging more wells.

Romans 15:13 (NLT) — 13 I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 10:35–36 (NLT) — 35 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

Be Inspired Hilltop!