Gen 26:18-22. 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. Also Isaac’s servants dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there But the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek,because they quarreled with him. Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that one also. So he called its name Sitnah. 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.”
Strife. Contention. Enmity. When you’re digging wells for God that’s all that seems to come up. But God has promised you a Reheboth. He has promised room for you in the land where you will be fruitful. He has promised room for you to grow and be who he created you to be without any friction or restriction. He wants you to spread out and not hold back. Sometimes the hardest part for us is realising that the season is changing for us. We can be so used with strife that we find it hard to expect anything else. But we must not settle for Sitnah of Esek. God has more for us. He has Reheboth.
Notice that He makes room for us. There are seasons in our lives when no matter how hard we try we will never get where we need to go. It will only take the goodness and mercy of God to get us into that place, and no amount of sweet-talking and effort on our part can compensate for His divine favour in those situations. That’s when we know we can do nothing without Him. This takes the pressure off us and allows us to rest knowing that He has everything under control.
But before we can live in our Reheboth we must deal with the wells of our past. Deal with the strife. Don’t leave it blocked. Otherwise the water will never flow to the place He has prepared for you. Strife blocks the flow of purpose in your life and you must clear the channels. Strife with other. Strife with God. Strife with yourself.
There is always a battle over the wells in our lives but we need to keep digging. sooner or later the battles will cease and we will live in Reheboth – our very own space, right where we belong