ISAAC THE WELL DIGGER
Gen. 26:12-18 “Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him. For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth. And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them.”
It takes a lot of effort to avoid contention. Driving a car, working with people, dealing with your children all can create a toxic atmosphere of contention and stress if you allow it. Isaac learned how to prosper in a time of not only famine but surrounded by Philistines. In the Revival Bible it says the meaning of “Philistine” is rooted in the words that mean to “roll or wallow in self”. In fact the Philistines stopped up all of Abraham’s wells. Selfish people will always try to hinder revival and growth in other people’s lives. If we don’t watch out we too will find ourselves stopping up other people’s wells with our own sordid “pollutants” that we have accumulated. But Isaac went a different way in Gen.24:62 it says, “Now Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi” which means, “The Well of the Living One”. When we learn to drink by the well of the living one we will realize that contention/strife is in the very air we breathe. Everyday we will have to learn to clean out not only our personal well by worship and reading of His word, but we will find ourselves in the business of digging out other people’s issues. Our souls are revived when we learn to live in the atmosphere of digging!
Jeremiah 2:13 says, “For my people have committed two evils, they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns broken cisterns that can hold no water.” Isaac found his purpose, it was by that well of the living one and after that no one could stop him up. He not only learned to value his foundation from his father’s faith by unstopping his father’s wells, he also learned that when the world’s economic system fails he can live on the grace of God. In fact every time he faced contention with the Philistines, he kept moving on until the Lord made room for them both.
How do you respond when your back is up against the wall? Many times I find myself “rolling or wallowing in self” but when I begin to redig or stir up all that God has done in my life I find expansion. It’s the well of the living one that bids us to “come and drink” everyday. That day at the feast Jesus saw thousands of Jewish people drinking from all the man made cisterns, especially the religious ones.
After Isaac became the well digger, The Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not fear, for I am with you, I will bless you and multiply your decedents for my servant Abraham’s sake.” Prosperity, spiritual breakthrough and purpose to our lives comes to those who abide by the true rivers. Come and Drink!