APRIL 19: WELL, WELL, WELL

WELL, WELL, WELL
By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there. And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines has stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. And Isaac's servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water. And the herdsmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdsmen saying, 'The water is ours,' and he called the name of the well Esek, because they strove with him. And they digged another well and strove for that also, and he called the name of it Sitnah. And he removed from thence and digged another well, and for that they strove not, and he called the name of it Rehoboth, and he said, 'For now the Lord hath made room for us and we shall be fruitful in the land.'"
Genesis 26:17-22
Today's Read: Genesis 26; Psalm 62
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Isaac follows in the footprints of his father in strange and remarkable ways.
Consider:
-He settles in Gerar (Philistine land) during a period of famine just as Abraham did.
-He calls "Rebekah" his sister instead of his wife because he fears for the loss of his own life just as Abraham did.
-He sows in the land and reaps one hundred fold, possessing multitudes of flocks and herds just as Abraham did.
-And then there's the story about the "wells."
Hmmm ...
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The favor of God rested heavily upon Isaac, just as it did Abraham, drawing enmity and envy amongst the peoples of the land but solidifying and securing the early seed of God's budding nation Israel.
The "wells" were a visible existance of God's invisible but clearly manifested presence and the three wells provide "us" with three life sustaining lessons:
1) God is the possessor and creator of all man's resources.
If He chooses to send a famine into our lives, so will He also open up a "well" in our lives.
The famine induced a physical move for Isaac, his family, and his livestock, and many changes accompanied that move.
Amazingly, the footprints of his father, who faced the same "dry" conditions, went precisely before him and Isaac secured a well that his father's flocks had formerly fed from.
Since scripture asserts that he gave the "wells" the same names as his father Abraham did, we can confidently assert that both men also faced the same frustrating issues in the digging, securing, and relinquishing of the wells.
The Philistine herdsmen and Isaac's herdsmen got in a feud about "water rights."
Rather than ranting, raving, and resisting the people of the land,
Isaac entrusted himself to the Lord, left the first well and its fresh supply of water, and moved on his way, which meant away from the contention.
He named the well Esek, which meant contention.
In a similar way, some of us have places we must let go and leave behind.
We must relinquish our "water rights" to the Lord and leave behind the "Well of Esek."
We must trust God's provision and move on.
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2) God is invested in our conformity, not our comfort;
In His glory, and not our ease.
Isaac had to move on and leave behind a fresh supply of water.
Difficult and frustrating as it must have been, he obeyed from a heart that was exercising trust in the Lord.
He pointed out a second "well" to his herdsmen and they dug for a second time and secured a new provisionary source of water.
Unfortunately, it yielded the same frustrating results.
An eruption of "water rights" once again blew up between the two groups of herdsmen.
Interestingly, Isaac exhibits the same restrained reaction and he responds with his heel and his back ... and he moves on.
The second well was named Sitnah, which meant hatred.
Hatred has a way of making our hearts want to move, for there's no life to be found in the water-wells of death and hatred.
 Leave off the "wells of contention, strife, and hatred," trust God, and move on.
God is developing trust and dependency through these difficult conditions and He will determine best how He makes His glory known.
Move on and leave the "dark" well behind.
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3) God promises to secure us with provision.
Blessed be the well that springs with eternal hope called Rehoboth.
The third well proves abundant, lavish, and excellent.
The diggers of the well have achieved the glories of the well and the water is theirs to freely drink from.
The herdsmen rejoiced and so did all of Isaac's host.
Rehoboth means "For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land."
In the release of the first two wells, Isaac was granted a special grace and place in the land. Attention, through that "well" entitlement also caused the people of the land to take note of the God of Isaac.
The God of the Three Wells.
How good the water must have tasted and how amply God had provided in His time, in His way, and through "His Well."
God owns the water rights;
Man doesn't own a thing.
All resources were created by Him and for Him and He will choose how He will use His vast supply and who will receive drink from Him.
Some of you are just now experiencing the joy of the third well.
God has placed His blessing squarely upon you and you are drinking from Rehoboth.
You have surrendered, dug the wells, and relinquished your rights to Him.
You are blessed of the Lord and you shall multiply.
Drink freely.
Drink of life.
Bring others ... to the well.
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Three Study Suggestions:
1) Read today's passages and record observations from the "wells."
2) Which well are you currently drinking from and what frustrations need to be released in order for you to move on?
3) What happens when we keep digging wells and who receives glory from such undertaking?