In the world but not of it

May 27, 2010

Digging wells…

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This time there was no dispute over it, so Isaac named the place Rehoboth (which means “open space”)…Genesis 22:22

Let’s look at this entire passage in context and notice the emphasis in bold…

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.”

In many respects life is similar to digging wells. As people we work to provide for our needs and meet the responsibilities before us. As Christians we do this with a heart of faith and a desire to know God’s will for our lives as we work in the place He has put us.

But as we dig the wells in our lives sometimes we find that arguments break out. The path we took served a purpose but over time things changed, arguments began in our hearts and minds over what the Lord may have been up to and even some arguments with the people we were surrounded by. So we moved to something else…

We began digging again and found it rewarding, fulfilling for a time and then hostility began. Circumstances and events changed as did the people, we cry out to the Lord asking for direction and answers to why things may have turned out like this but realize that perhaps He may be moving us to another place.

We continue to dig faithfully because as we grow in the Lord we realize that He can use such things as arguments and hostility to nudge us to move since we tend to get comfortable and may not move on our own.

Then at some point we discover our Rehoboth. We come to the place where the Lord has made enough room for us to prosper and discover what He had waiting…

The other point for us to see here is that through all these situations Isaac endured he did not complain but faithfully performed his work and lived peaceably with his neighbors. That is the heart attitude God can work with as we dig to come to our Rehoboth.

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