Faith Sees God’s Bigger Picture
- Date: November 5, 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
"And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we. 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; 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 26:16-18). Isaac is beginning to move out, blessed, but he looks around and says, "I want what my father had." I don't know about you, young people, but I would just take it as something personal. The Philistines came and stopped it up and said, "Abraham was somebody. This Isaac guy, we don't have to worry about him." They began to stop them up and said, "Nobody will do anything about this. Abraham was a man who truly knew God. This is a weak generation. Here is this Isaac guy." "They filled up those after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them." As he goes and he opens up a well, he restores the purpose of that well, the Word of God that brought about that inspiration, the move of God that brought them into that particular place. Names meant something back in those days. We all know that the different names, the House of Raisins, or whatever it might be, Bubba, the House of Moonshine. The names meant something.
They're redigging these wells and they're reclaiming these things for the glory of God. "And Isaac's servants digged in the valley [verse 19 says] and found there a well of springing water. And the herdsmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac's herdsmen saying, The water is ours." That's kind of going on over there still; isn't it? But anyways, "The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him." Esek means "the well of contention." You remember when Abraham was going in and God was giving him this land, there were times of conflict and contention. God brought deliverance. God brought prosperity. At this particular time, there's contention again that's coming forth over this same well. "And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah," the well of hatred. He's beginning to see this thing. "Man, these people hate us. We're not of these people. The world hates us. Anything that God blesses us with they're going to be jealous of. They're going to despise and mock. They're going to try to somehow seduce and steal." So they see this conflict, contention. They see the hatred that's taking place. "And he removed [himself] from thence, and digged another well" (Genesis 26:22). "Well, Isaac, when are you going to stand and fight?" I want you to know there's a time to fight and there's a time to flee; amen? They're both in faith. They're both in faith. I want us to learn something here in Isaac life.
We see him not wanting to be a man of contention, so he says, "Look." He's exhibiting his dad. "Look, you want this. Fine, God will bless us." The Philistines see it as a great victory. "We're getting back our wells and we're finally redeeming that which this man Abraham had come and stolen from us." Isaac isn't, "Well, I have to prove that God's on my side." Isaac's like, "I learned something from Dad. He said if there's contention and conflict over provision, or whatever, just let them have it and trust God." That comes naturally to all of us; doesn't it? Do you want God or do you want the wells? "Well, God told us to dig that well. He put it on our hearts to dig that well." Yes, well now He's telling you to leave that well. "You mean God would have us leave stuff that we started for Him?" Yes, if He's got a work to fulfill the bigger picture. "Let them have it! Let them have it! Let them say all manner of evil. Let them smite you. You've got God!
What do we want to get caught up in contention and hatred for? Where there's bitter envying and strife there's every evil work. Why get in strife with these people? Are we now going to be bitter about these people that stole the well? God's ordering our steps. Take the well. You're going to need it. I've got God. You know what? I've got a well that comes from my innermost being, and it brings a refreshing, praying in the Holy Ghost! God's got ways of blessing me that you don't know anything about. God is a god that can get water for 3,000,000 people out of a rock. What do I need a well for?" In the re-establishing of the wells, he's following his father's steps. He's doing what's the will of God.