Unstopping the Wells of Living Water, Pt. 7

Genesis 26:12-25 says, “12Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him. 13And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: 14For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him. 15For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth. 16And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we. 17And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there. 18And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. 19And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water. 20And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him. 21And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah. 22And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land. 23And he went up from thence to Beersheba. 24And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake. 25And he builded an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there: and there Isaac’s servants digged a well.”

Isaac began to dig again the wells of his father, Abraham, and even giving them the names he too gave them. He fought the same giants that Abraham fought in his day, but he was determined to dig a well! The first well that he fought the Philistines for was Esek, which means, “strife, to press upon, quarrel, to strive with” (Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Definitions). This reflects division within our land or community. Division is one thing that can stop the flow of revival! If we want to see God move like never before, we cannot be fighting amongst ourselves, but we must come together in order to seek God and see His will be fully accomplished in our lives. Jesus said, “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand” (Mark 3:25). Nothing that is divided will succeed, and if we are fighting and bickering among ourselves, we too will not be able to stand. We must be united on the Word of God and stay true to God in a consistent and continual relationship wtih Him.

The second well that Isaac tried to dig that the Philistines fought for was called Sitnah, which means, “opposition, accusation, resistance, attacks, and harassment” (Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Definitions). This reflects opposition that comes as a result of our faith in God. For an authentic Christian believer, we will face harassment and possibly even persecution because of the spirit of Antichrist that exists in the world today. In America, we cannot realistically say that we undergo persecution because that does our brothers and sisters in Africa, China, the Middle East, etc. a major injustic. We are, however, harassed and slandered when we speak God’s Word and it offends people. When praying to God in a public school calls for a lawsuit, you know we need revival! However, the church does not have to sit back and accept everything. We can take a stand, and the resistance that we face will only make us stronger! The Bible teaches that the more the children of Israel were afflicted, the more that they grew (Exodus 1:12). The same goes for the modern-day church. We will face affliction and harassment, but we cannot turn away from the truth because others are not willing to accept it. If we want revival, we must face resistance!

Finally, Isaac dug a third well, and the Philistines left this one alone. He called it Rehoboth, which means, “making room for, to become fruitful, make a broad way” (Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Definitions). Isaac was declaring that God was making room for him in the midst of oppostion. In the same fashion, God is making room for us and is making us fruitful in a barren land that contains a famine of God’s Word. All we have to do is declare it and walk in it! The enemy wants to claim your well and mouthpiece, but do not give him any room to operate. Make room for God to open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing in which you cannot contain.

After digging this well, Isaac went up to Beersheba, which is the well of the seven. To reiterate, this was the place where Abraham planted a grove and called on the name of the Lord. This was where Abraham established a covenant with Abimelech to not deal falsely with him and that the well belonged to Abraham. The sign of the covenant was seven ewe lambs with seven being the number of completion and the ewe lambs represent a sacrifice. The shedding of lamb’s blood is the complete sacrifice that serves as a sign and witness that we have with God. When Isaac went to Beersheba, God confirmed the Abrahamic covenant with Isaac once again. He received the promise that he would be blessed and his seed would multiply. Therefore, Isaac built God an altar and called on Him there. Our sacrifices will lead to the unstopping of our wells. We must yield ourselves as living sacrifices before God so that a flow of revival will occur. We cannot offer lame or half-hearted sacrifices to God, but we must be willing to give Him our very best! He deserves the best, and we should always be willing to give God our very best!