Tag: faith and prayer
Scripture reading for January 11th: Genesis 25-26
Water is essential for human survival. Water is not always easy to find, especially in a desert location. But men are very resourceful and have developed techniques for locating water and then for making it available to use for life. Abraham and Isaac were both well-diggers. They found water in dry places and dug wells that became famous social gathering places in the dry desert of southern Israel. One of those places was Beersheba, which means ‘well of the oath’. (Genesis 22:30-33).
Isaac and Ishmael had buried Abraham, who died at 175 years of age after having lived a full life of faith. (Genesis 25:7-10) Scripture states that after Abraham’s passing, God blessed Isaac. Isaac was married to Rebekah, but they had no children. Isaac then prayed to the Lord for his wife and God answered the prayer with twins in her womb. The babies jostled in her womb and she went to inquire of the Lord about what was happening. “The Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other; the older will serve the younger.” (Genesis 25:23) We note a pattern of prayer in the lives of these who followed Abraham. As they asked the Lord, He responded to them and let them in on His plans. Prayer is a communication in our relationship with God, who is Spirit.
Isaac encountered a famine in the desert land and went to Abimelech, king of the Philistines. God appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. Stay in this land where I tell you to live. . . . and I will be with you and will bless you.” (Genesis 26:2-3) Isaac obeyed and planted crops in that land and reaped a hundredfold because of the Lord’s blessing. When he became wealthy, the Philistines were threatened by him so they stopped up the wells that Abraham had dug, hoping to discourage him.
Isaac dug new wells, but the quarrels continued. He went back to Beersheba, the well of the oath. There God appeared to him again and reaffirmed the covenant. Digging wells brings refreshing water and a place of relationship. Prayer with the Lord brings life-giving water and relationship that guides us successfully to our eternal home!