Digging wells of blessing!

Scriptures for January 10th: Genesis 25-26

On our farm in Iowa, we had a dug well that was over 100 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.

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

Because of a famine, Isaac camped in the Valley of Gerar (Gaza) in the land of the Philistines (Palestine) and reopened the wells of his father Abraham. The well provided precious water in the desert that enabled crops, animals and humans to have refreshing and life.  They provided a gathering place for communities as people came for water daily.  (Remember Jesus meeting the woman at the well in Samaria.) In Isaac’s day, they became a source of quarreling.  Rather than fight over the wells, Isaac went to another location and dug a new well.  God blessed him to find a supply of water wherever he went.

It was there that God reaffirmed to him the promise of the land and descendants as the stars in the sky.  (Genesis 26:2-6) Isaac obeyed and planted crops that year.  God blessed him with a hundred fold return!  Jealousy caused the Philistines to stop up the wells of Abraham that Isaac had been using.  He moved on and dug new wells and God provided fresh water every time!  After God met him at Beersheba and blessed him, (Genesis 26:24-25)  Isaac responded with an altar and another well.

Are you digging wells in the place where God has sent you? As you dig, can you look up and see the stars of promise that God will fulfill? Do you need to dig again the wells of godly ancestors?   

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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