Faith Digs the Wells Again
- Date: November 1, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And 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.” (Genesis 26:18)
- From Faith That Prevails
Isaac was prospering. The man's prospering greater than he ever has in his life and the Philistines envied him. Then the Scripture says, "…the Philistines envied him. For 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. And [in his prosperity] Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we" (Genesis 26:14-16). Isn't that interesting? He goes down there just looking for a place to believe God. God prospers him beyond everyone around him. He says, "Look, just take your people and go. This is scary. We're going on good terms. You're possessing the land. You're just devouring the land through your abundance, through your prosperity." Well, the Philistines are ticked off so now they're filling in the wells. We all know what water is in that arid climate; don't we? It's absolutely the necessity if you're going to prosper. Water and prosperity are the same thing in this region. They ask him to leave. "And Isaac departed thence." Remember, this is not a guy of conflict. He learned this from his dad. "You want me to go, I'll go. I'm not going to fight you. I don't want to try to come and take over your land. God had sent us here to preserve us in the time of famine. He wants us to go now. We'll go." How easily can you hear God and come up from the most prosperous time? God is blessing you. He is compounding. Your job is the best it's ever been. Money's piling in. You don't know what to do with it. God says, "I want you to leave." Of course, you're ready to pack up and leave; right? God spoke. You would never say, "Lord, surely this isn't You. Get behind me Satan." Right?
"You're becoming too great." "Hey, man, if I stay here, we'll take this whole thing over. There won't be a merger. There's going to be a takeover." He just left. His dad said, "You go choose what's best for you. God will bless me." Does that describe your life? "I don't care what other people are doing. I don't care how other people are succeeding. I don't care what the natural world's philosophy is. Look, you take whatever the world gives you. I'll take God and I'll be okay." Is that where you're living today? Is He sufficient? Is He the provider of our daily bread? Can we do anything without Him? These are all questions to ask. So he left. No conflict. "And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there. And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father" (Genesis 26:18).
We've talked about some of the great visitations that we've had here in our midst: God's prosperity, God's blessing upon us as a people, the hand of God, the voice of God, gifts that have been raised up in our midst, the vision being fulfilled of what we're seeing done in Africa and starting in India now. I've shared that we've been through some hard times here, recently. The enemy has filled up some of our wells. There are wells that we, as a people, used to drink from that we're not drinking from any more, wells that were wells of faith and boldness and dependence upon God that affluence and commonness have taken from us. An apathy-as we've talked about recently -we come diligently in obedience to the law of assembling ourselves, but we are not coming in desperation, not coming in faith, not coming believing for a supernatural visitation of God every time we gather together. I want you to know there was a time when these doors opened and people poured in here. They came looking for God to visit that night. What was going on in those days was not because me. What was going on in those days was because of the people coming and looking for God. How do we come?
I want to encourage all of us, but I'm talking to this next generation. Can I encourage you with something? Get out your shovels and say, "I want to drink from the wells which that generation drank from! I want to stir it up so that out of my innermost being will flow forth rivers of living water." It's time to unstop the wells of abundance and apathy and become a second generation that knows the flow of the life of God, the move of the Holy Spirit, a time of the visitation, of speaking in tongues that sounds like a roar of a mighty wind! Those wells are available to you. All you have to do is take out a shovel! "And they digged again the wells that the Philistines had stopped up after the death of Abraham." I don't know about you, young people, but I would just take it as something personal.