Isaac, farmer and well-digger!

Scripture reading for January 11th: Genesis 25-26

On our farm in Iowa, we had a dug well that was 110 feet deep.  (Not a drilled well!) This well was about 4 feet across and my father and his dad and brothers had helped dig this well and brick it up.  Occasionally, we would set up a tower with a rope and a basket and my dad would be lowered into the well to check the bricks and eliminate roots that were growing in through the wall.  It always amazed me that Dad said he could see the stars from the bottom of that well in broad daylight.

Because of a famine, Isaac camped in the Valley of Gerar in the land of the Philistines and reopened the wells of his father Abraham.  Wells were important for several reasons.  The provided precious water in the desert that enabled crops, animals and humans to have refreshing and life.  They provided a gathering place for communities to get this water daily for their use. (Jesus met the woman at the well in John chapter 4.) Wells also provided a means to increase a family’s wealth and provide for offspring.

The wells were also a source of quarreling in Isaac’s day.  Rather than fight over the wells, Isaac went to another location and dug a new well.  As Isaac obeyed, God opened new wells for him and gave him amazing promises.  “I am the God of your father Abraham.  Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and increase the number of your descendants for the sake of your father Abraham.” Genesis 26:24-5)

The lesson for us is to dig for water wherever we are planted.  We dig by going to Jesus and asking daily for His will and provision.  When you dig a well and the hole is deep, look up and see the stars and remember God’s promise to Abraham and Isaac!   May we, like Isaac, leave a legacy of wells of refreshing and blessing everywhere we go! May we re-dig the wells of our godly fathers!

“Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there.” Genesis 26:19

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst.  Indeed, the water I give him will become a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:13-14

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