The path to Rehoboth
Updated: Nov 22, 2021
Isaac had a fairly quiet and peaceful life. Apart from almost being offered as a human sacrifice by his beloved father, Isaac's life seemed to be quiet and comfortable.
But as God blessed him in the land of Philistines, King Abimelek asked him to move out of their borders.
Isaac's journey required him to dig new wells for his entourage. He did not argue with the king, but rather he moved to a different region and dug his wells. But as we read through the chapters, we see that even though Isaac remained a man of peace, each time he dug a well, there was opposition from the Philistines.
Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there.But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek,because they disputed with him Genesis 26:19,20
Esek and Sitna
There will be times in our lives where we face contention and hatred even as we are working hard to fulfill God's will. Sometimes it feels like the opposition has an eye out for us just to watch us slip and fall at any moment
Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah Genesis 26:21
Isaac was only reopening the well that his father had dug in the past. But the Philistines waited until he had struck water to come and demand the wells for themselves. It is heartbreaking when what we have worked so hard for, is plucked away from us for any reason.
Digging wells is hard work. Striking water in a well requires you to dig in very deep. But the secret to moving from Esek and Sitna to Rehoboth is to not give up. Every time Isaac faced an obstacle, he simply moved on and kept on digging.
A life of faith is not a sprint, it is an endurance race. Sometimes, we might have to lose Esek and Sitna to be blessed at Rehoboth. Do not let the situation overwhelm you. If the Lord allowed the hurdle, He has given us the ability to vault over it.
He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth,saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.” Genesis 26:22
If you refuse to give up, then your faith is strengthened. Eventually, the enemy will give way. Enlargement only comes after facing contention and hatred. No one possessed their divine promise through a comfortable journey. What we do in the face of opposition shows how much we believe in God's plan for our lives.