Does it ever seem that you get a little ahead, and someone comes behind you to snatch away your progress? And each time you dig another refreshing well, people either hate you for it, or they quarrel with contention?
I am reading Genesis 26 today, and I am intrigued by a couple of things in that chapter. One of them is that Isaac (Abraham’s son) was traveling through the same land his father had some years before.
Abraham’s servants dug a few wells in that territory, likely to provide water for the flocks and herds, and the shepherds. Even in his day, it seemed as though everywhere he went there were people who could not stand that Abraham was successful. If you take a look at Genesis 26:15, it says, “…now, the Philistines had filled in all the wells dug by Abraham’s servants.”
Nice people. It sounds completely childish to me. “There’s one of Abraham’s wells. Let’s fill it in!”
It reminds me of the kinds of people we sometimes have to deal with from day to day. It also, sadly, reminds me of the kind of person I CAN BE….ugh.
Now, historically speaking, the Philistines were a people who either wanted to sponge up some of the blessings of the LORD without the relationship with Him, or they wanted to push away any signs of the people God was blessing. That also sounds like some people today, doesn’t it?
Take note of how Isaac handled it in verses 17 – 24. I want you to read it for yourself, so I won’t paraphrase it, or tell you the text. I will say that God told Isaac to “fear not,” which completely goes with our COURAGEOUS theme for the year. God promised Isaac to be with Him and to bless Him….which is the same promise for you.
Who in your life seems to want to steal your joy, even childishly? What blessings appear to be threatened by those people? I promise God will make room for you, just as He did for Isaac. I pray YOUR response to this revelation is the same as Isaac’s in verse 25. Will you call on the Name of the Lord YOUR God today?