“He moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehoboth, for he said, ‘At last the Lord has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.'”
Genesis 26:22, NAS
Does it bother you to be bullied? Isaac can identify with you. He was a lover not a fighter. Whenever he dug a water well, someone would contest ownership. His father, Abraham, would have formed a posse and gone after the rascals. Another patriarch, Jacob, would have tricked the land-dwellers and ended up with more wells in the end. Joseph would have organized a well co-op, created a new kind of well and bought out the other owners. However, Isaac essentially said: “No problem. I will just go over there.” Finally, he dug a well that no one stole, so he named it, “Rehoboth,” and noted, “at last the Lord has made room for us.”
Perhaps you have gone from well to well, from battle to battle. The wells are dry holes in your life, and more battles have been lost than won. We are always living between the “not yet” and the “at last” in life. The Lord has a room, a well and a blessing. You will be “fruitful” (Genesis 26:22) if you “trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.” (Psalm 37:3)
Do not settle for Satan’s tiny holes with limited water. Do not be a push-over!
When Jesus spoke of hungering and thirsting for righteousness in Matthew 5:6, He used a word that implied a desire for the total object. Righteousness is complete in the person of Christ. When Mary learned that she would birth Baby Jesus, she rejoiced, “He has filled the hungry with good things.” (Luke 1:53) Can you write “Rehoboth” over your life?
QUESTION: What is “something” that God has done “at last” in your life. What are you waiting for God to do? Are there any bullies who seem to be stealing your wells?