Don’t Give Up…Dig Again

When the well closes,

Dig again.
Until the well refuses

To close again.
Today’s Scripture: Genesis 26:12-33

The story of Isaac is an amazing story. Isaac had planted his crops in that particular year and he prospered so well. However, because of this prosperity, he became the very object of envy for the Philistines. They were not happy with his success. So you know what they did? They filled up Isaac’s wells with dirt – the wells that Abraham’s servants had dug.

Abimelech, king of the Philistines, looked at Isaac and said, “Go somewhere else, for you have become too powerful for us”. In life, when people cannot stand to see you happy or successful, they try either to be you or to break you, but you must stand strong. Isaac heeded to Abimelech and left to the Gerar Valley. There, he reopened the wells of Abraham and dug another. The people of Gerar Valley came to Isaac and claimed, “This is our water”, and this happened again till there was no more dispute over the wells.

My question is, “What if Isaac and his herdsmen had given up with the digging of the wells?” They would not have come to the point of Rehoboth – to the very point of peace and ownership.

I hope this encourages you today to never give up, no matter what comes your way. It could be the envy of others, arguments, hostilities, etc, but do not give up because something absolutely amazing is waiting at the end of the tunnel. If you read further, you realise that God proclaimed a blessing upon Isaac sometime after, and guess what? Abimelech, who sent Isaac away came to look for him with words saying, “We can plainly see that the LORD is with you. So we want to enter into a sworn treaty with you. Let’s make a covenant…and now look how the Lord has blessed you!” Does this remind you of Proverbs 16:7? When people’s lives please the Lord, even their enemies are at peace with them.

God has His ways of making our mockers and those who spit at us to end up becoming those who blow our trumpets (we would talk about that tomorrow).

Prayer Point: Father, help me to never lose sight of the great things you have for me. Help me to never give up, but to always persevere until the time of victory in Jesus name. Amen.

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