Reference Verse: Genesis 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.
Abraham harrowed myriads of wells for his son, Isaac, as an inheritance, and God pictured it as a righteous man digging wells for His children’s children.
Back in the days, a well in a desert country was the sign of wealth. It was also the sign of life since water sources in that area were scarce (both then and now). Those who owned one were able to have herds and large flocks of sheep. Because of these, those who owned the wells were generally very influential, wealthy men in the land.
After Abraham died, the Philistines filled them with dirt. The Philistines living in that area were simply envious of Isaac because of how the Lord had prospered him and fulfilled the Abrahamic Covenant to his generation. The covenant that God made with his father Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3: sweeping unconditional promises to Abraham which extends to Isaac and his descendants.
Isaac didn’t spend his energy to fight with his enemies, but instead he kept digging the wells that the Philistines had filled in. He understands the need to reclaim his father’s inheritance.
We often are caught up with this same situation: our enemies have clog up our spiritual resources to stop the flow of what we need in life.
Wells of joy, faith, righteousness, health, prosperity and many more that are waiting to be re-ploughed up by us, just like Isaac did.
But how can we discover the wells of boundless favors our God the Father has dug for us? Isaac gave us an example of how to do that in Genesis 26:18.
These are the steps on how to keep your spiritual life flowing:
- Search the locations of the hidden wells by using the discernment God has given to us.
- Obey God’s instructions just like our forefathers did.
- Keep the well alive and continue the works of the Father.
Our lives haven’t been designed just to be reservoirs of God’s blessings, He wants those blessings to overflow to others as well. Just like He said to Abraham in Genesis 12:2, I will bless you to be a blessing to many.
What matters as well is what we leave in our accounts as our legacy for the next generation just like what Abraham did to his children. God had promised him blessings and resources and even to his offsprings because of his faith as Proverbs 13:22 says “A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.”
What will your legacy be? What are you doing today to ensure that the legacy you leave behind for your children will thrive on?
Summary text by: Zashkia Opelanio