Scripture Reading: Genesis 25:1-26:35 / Matthew 10:1-31 / Proverbs 1:20-33
Wells were very significant in ancient Israel as large bodies of water were scarce and despite a significant rainy season, the extremely hot weather quickly sucked the land dry. God blessed Isaac with abundant and refreshing wells but he needed to dig new wells for a variety of reasons.
Isaac had to dig new wells because, “…all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth.” (Genesis 26:15) Men would stop up wells to cut off the water supply and the lifeline of their enemies. The Philistines filled Abraham’s wells with stones, boulders, dirt and dead carcasses to make them unusable.
We have an enemy too…a spiritual enemy who likes to create havoc in our lives by stopping up our spiritual wells. We are not immune from the debris of the world…rocks of sin, carcasses of death and boulders of temptation. It happens when we infrequent the well out of an attitude of unconcern, neglect or apathy. When we assume the well is deep and there will always be water for us to retrieve. Like a sand point well; when we are sucking nothing but air and dust, our well is dry and filled with the debris of the world. Our lives are clogged by the impurities of the world…it’s time to dig a new well!
Sometimes strife can cause us to abandon our wells. Isaac’s servants dug a new well and found an abundant supply of fresh water but the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen and said the water was theirs. Isaac had labored to dig that well, it was his and he invested his time, attention and strength into digging the well.
At times, there seems to be so much commotion at our spiritual wells. Instead of joy, there is strife. We battle discouragement, despondency, relational conflict and emotional stress. There is a great need for prayer, wisdom, grace and forgiveness. Sometimes we need to simply dig a new well.
Isaac dug another well after he went up to Beersheba. There the Lord appeared to him, “Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.” (26:24) This was the second time God promised Isaac that He was with him, so he pitched his tent, built an altar and dug a well.
Isaac dug another well on the promise of God…the same promise but a new well. He made a new commitment of renewal, hope, dedication and beginning. We at times like to hang on to the past and memories. We have a hard time letting go of the familiar and moving on to the fulfillment and newness of God’s blessings. Just as God’s mercy is new every morning, His presence, joy and strength are to refresh our lives daily. We need a fresh flow of God’s Water of Life…it’s time to dig a new well!