Faith Makes Room for the Man of Faith
- Date: November 11, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.” (Genesis 26:22)
- From Faith That Prevails
The evangelism of the world did not begin with the Holy Ghost coming into the midst of the people and bringing about revelation and power on the day of Pentecost, to where everybody then caught this great vision to go into world missions. Evangelism began with persecution and disbursement. When everybody got full of the Holy Ghost on Pentecost, people began to hear the gospel. They got saved. They're excited. Persecution, trials came and spread them all over the world to take the gospel. Many of us seem to think that conflict and opposition is a lack of faith. Sometimes being able to embrace it and let God direct you where He wants you through these things causes revivals to break out! It causes churches to be open in Antioch. God has two methods. On the day of Pentecost, people from all nations were there and saw the great phenomenon of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. When they left Jerusalem, they went and spread that. That's the positive. Following that came the persecution. That's the negative. Both were disbursements throughout the world to get the gospel out. How many of us like the positive? But with Isaac, we're seeing him do positive things. He's being obedient. He's replicating what dad did, but now he's getting opposition. He's being led to go another way than conflict and a very interesting thing happens then.
"He removes from thence...." (Genesis 26:22). It takes faith to run; doesn't it? Doesn't it take faith to run? Doesn't it take faith to humble yourself? "That's my well, bless God! We'll stand a fight to the death. We will defend that and we will stay there. Bless God, nobody will remove me from the well of Esek!" All the while, God is trying to get you to Beersheba. He digs another well. It seems redundant, but there are truths we need to look at here. "And for that they strove not." Ah ha! "And he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land" (Genesis 26:22). Patience. How about waiting for God to bring us through these trials, the proving of ourselves, trusting in our own strength, envy, ambitions, and finally getting us to the place where there's enough humbling that's taken place, through all of this process, that He can now give you rest. You've ceased from your own labors and now He can give you rest in Rehoboth. Rehoboth means "God made room." Don't you want to be where God made the room and you didn't do it in your own strength? Another rendering is the "well of enlargement"-Rehoboth, the well of enlargement. "And he went up from thence to Beersheba" (Genesis 26:23). Remember, I told you He was trying to get him to Beersheba. God has only spoken to him one time, "Don't go to Egypt." Then all of this transpires. He's following the leading of the Lord, not through visitations, not through visions and voices, but off of one word. He's now allowing the Spirit of God to lead him through all of these circumstances in life where he's fulfilling and following the example of his dad before him. He's living a life of humility. He believes in the God who knows his name, Jehovah Jireh. He's not worried about whether somebody's going to out-prosper him. He's just following and trusting in God. He's lead to this place of rest where God made room for him. The Lord then led him to Beersheba. Verse 24, "And the LORD appeared unto him that same night."
There's a long time, sometimes, between these visitations. That's where patience comes in. "God, I need to hear from You! God, I need to hear from You." "Dig a well." "It's taken from us. That must not have been God." Of course it was God! They were being lead and they were being transformed and conformed to the image of Jesus.