Time To Dig Again
Gen 26:6 So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.
Ruminating or meditating is not always a good thing. It depends on what we meditate on. If we allow our minds to constantly think upon things that we cannot change we will get anxious. If we are always thinking about our problems and the past mistakes we made then our meditation will bring some kind of negative results in our lives.
Gen 20:11 And Abraham said, “Because I thought, surely the fear of God is not in this place; and they will kill me on account of my wife.
Gen 26:7 And the men of the place asked about his wife. And he said, “She is my sister”; for he was afraid to say, “She is my wife,” because he thought, “lest the men of the place kill me for Rebekah, because she is beautiful to behold.”
Isaac and Rebekah had two sons by this time as the previous chapter tells us. They are presumably at least in their teenage years or older. We know that Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah. She may have been a young teenager at the time. Now in Gerar, Isaac may be about 60 years old and his wife may have only been about 35, still very young in those days.
Gen 26:8 Now it came to pass,
when he had been there a long time, that Abimelech king of the Philistines looked through a window, and saw, and there was Isaac, showing endearment to Rebekah his wife.
Both Abraham and Isaac were made to look foolish in the eyes of the Philistines, they were humbled through their yielding to fear. It is at these time that God is digging around the root to loosen its hold in our lives. Sometimes it takes many such failures as we give in to the fear in our heart and it brings us low again and again.
The Father will pull it out with His love so that we may trust Him fully with everything including death.
Gen 26:11 So Abimelech charged all his people, saying, “He who touches this man or his wife shall surely be put to death.”
Gen 26:12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him.
Gen 26:13 The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous;
Gen 26:14 for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So the Philistines envied him.
Gen 26:15 Now the Philistines had stopped up all the wells which his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father, and they had __filled them with earth.
Gen 26:18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. He called them by the names which his father had called them.
Gen 26:19 Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there.
This speaks of going into the land of your captivity, where you were put down and oppressed by the enemy because of the spirit of fear in your life, and encouraging the saints in that land. It speaks to me of revival in the land, removing the dirt from the wells of faith that Abraham had dug.
Gen 26:22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, because he said, “For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”
For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” Gen 41:52
This is God’s way of making us His Overcomers. There must be something to overcome in order to be an Overcomer. The affliction we suffer in life is for a deeper purpose. That purpose being to expose the heart attitudes and fears that are damaging our relationships and our faith. God will organise your Prison cell like He did for Joseph, so that the years of obscurity and boredom will bring to the surface all the self centred attitudes and fears of being a nothing and useless.
Father will do it because He loves us and will see that we glorify His name and share in His joy as we triumph over our foes. Fear was gone from Isaac’s heart and the result was great dominion and blessing. The enemy feared him where once Isaac feared them. The enemy wanted to be at peace with Isaac at any cost because of his faith and favour with God. So the Lord will do for you. But first, give Him permission to dig around the roots in your heart. Ask Him “to search and see if there be any wicked way in me.”
Psa 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties;
Psa 139:24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.