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Thursday, July 22
 

 

Genesis 26:12-35

12Isaac sowed seed in that land, and in the same year reaped a hundredfold. The LORD blessed him, 13and the man became rich; he prospered more and more until he became very wealthy. 14He had possessions of flocks and herds, and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him. 15(Now the Philistines had stopped up and filled with earth all the wells that his father's servants had dug in the days of his father Abraham.) 16And Abimelech said to Isaac, "Go away from us; you have become too powerful for us."
17So Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar and settled there. 18Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of his father Abraham; for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he gave them the names that his father had given them. 19But when Isaac's servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water, 20the herders of Gerar quarreled with Isaac's herders, saying, "The water is ours." So he called the well Esek, because they contended with him. 21Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also; so he called it Sitnah. 22He moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he called it Rehoboth, saying, "Now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land."
23From there he went up to Beer-sheba. 24And that very night the LORD appeared to him and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham; do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you and make your offspring numerous for my servant Abraham's sake." 25So he built an altar there, called on the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there. And there Isaac's servants dug a well.
26Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army. 27Isaac said to them, "Why have you come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you?" 28They said, "We see plainly that the LORD has been with you; so we say, let there be an oath between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you 29so that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the LORD." 30So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths; and Isaac set them on their way, and they departed from him in peace. 32That same day Isaac's servants came and told him about the well that they had dug, and said to him, "We have found water!" 33He called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beer-sheba to this day.
34When Esau was forty years old, he married Judith daughter of Beeri the Hittite, and Basemath daughter of Elon the Hittite; 35and they made life bitter for Isaac and Rebekah.

Reflection

Are you a patient and forgiving person? Can you just let things go and move on? As much as we try, it seems as if there is always something that we just cannot move past. Such was not the case for Isaac. He was told to move from his land and he did. He was told to move from one well to another and then another and he did. He cooperated not because things never bothered him, but because God was telling him. Isaac was a man of God, just like his father Abraham before him. He did not question God and the things he had him do. He just did them. Through Isaac’s obedience, Abimelech saw how powerful God was and he knew that it was better to be on his good side.
 
Isaac trusted and listened to God. He knew that it was the right thing to do. Was it easy for him to leave his land and all for which he had worked so hard? Probably not, but he did it because he knew that God was guiding him.
 
So often we find ourselves in situations like Isaac’s. Do we just walk away or do we stay and fight? Only you can answer that question for yourself and only God can answer that question for you. Go to him, pray to him, and most importantly, listen to him.

 

Prayer


Heavenly Father, it is so easy to react in the moment and not wait to hear what you are telling us to do. Open our ears and our hearts to listen and to follow what you are saying. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

 
 

Written by Terri Harms
Preschool Director of Daily Operations
tharms@stjohns-springfield.org
 
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