Genesis 26: 12-15:
12 When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him. 13 He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow. 14 He acquired so many flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and servants that the Philistines became jealous of him. 15 So the Philistines filled up all of Isaac’s wells with dirt. These were the wells that had been dug by the servants of his father, Abraham.
Isaac was shining! He had crops, flocks and wells but this caused people to become jealous of him. They sabotaged him by filling his wells with dirt and eventually threw him out of the country. So Isaac moved and dug another well but some shepherds came and claimed that the water belonged to them.
Genesis 26: 17-22:
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”).
Isaac abandoned Esek and dug another well Sitnah (which means “hostility”) but there was another dispute over it so he left it and dug another well. He named this well Rehoboth (which means “open space”) because there was no dispute over it.
Isaac got thrown out of the country because he was too powerful, so he left and tried to rebuild himself elsewhere. However each time he tried to build himself up someone would come and claim his well.
Often we find ourselves in similar situations whereby we are trying to set ourselves up and accomplish particular goals. But each time we try our ‘’wells’’ become filled with dirt.
You were nearly on track to achieve that goal but someone has come to claim it.
You could see the water at the bottom of the well but now it has become clouded with dirt.
Each time one of Isaac’s wells fell through, he kept on digging. We should not be discouraged if we were not able to achieve everything we set out to do last year. Whether it was down to enemies of progression, lack of resources, discouragement, de-motivation, whatever it may be, perseverance is key!
Let’s not forget the story of Jacob who worked fourteen years to get the love of his life. Fourteen years! Some of us will be sleeping on our dreams after four months.
We often become encapsulated by failure, this failure cripples us and prevents us from moving forward. The only way forward is to keep on trying, we can’t allow failure to come in between us and our dreams.
There’s no telling how long it will take before you dig up your ‘’Rehoboth’’ but keep on digging! And remember we are not alone, we have the power to do all things through Christ.
11 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need.
Written by Bernie ❤ xx
Amen! Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
Don’t give up and think that because you haven’t completed a new years’ resolution that this is the end – God has got you and will never leave you!