There are those days when studying God’s Word that certain lessons will just speak their truth and the buckets of living water will simply overflow in abundance.
Spurgeon spoke it best when he said, “It is the voices of our days that will lead us in the years of wisdom.” as he paraphrased a quote from the book of Job. I like Spurgeon’s insight in that quote. The voices of our days are also a gentle nudge and reminder to the measure, or number of our days.
(Psalm 39:4, Psalm 90:12) ~ Amen.
In the Book of Job, Elihu is speaking directly to Job when he confidently exhorts:
“I said, days should speak and multitude of years should teach wisdom”. (Job 32:7)
“But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand” (Job 32:8)
And it is Paul, who further describes for us the entire purpose of Scripture,
“All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work”.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)
And it was St Augustine who best explained the relationship of the old and the new testaments:
“The new lies hidden in the old, and the old is made manifest in the new”.
So we must drink it all and yet there are those times when in just a few words, we are inspired and God blesses us to draw buckets upon buckets of living water.
“And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. (Isaiah 2:3)
“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:14)
Beloved, stay with me today because this is just a small drink of the entire bucket that was poured out in study today, and you wouldn’t want to miss out on how to draw water in the desert.
We all need water to survive; both physically and spiritually. So the water will always draw us. ~ Amen.
“And Isaac dug, again the wells of water that had been dug in the day of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them. But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water, 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 contended with him. Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that 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, saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful n the land.” (Genesis 26:17-22)
Did you hear that? The names of the wells? The first Well that Isaac’s herdsman dug was named Esek, which means contention, and the second well, was named Sitnah, which means hostility. These were the Wells of Quarrels. Issac’s herdsman had dug two different wells and both times they were confronted with quarrels. The first was a quarrel of contention. which is an argument of conflict or controversy. Sometimes this can come across in the light of a dispute or a struggle. Has anyone ever said, “I have a bone to pick with you”? This would be called the bone of contention. You want to stay far away from those conversations. They are usually shielded in the light of someone else’s strong opinion.
The second well that was dug; Sitnah, was met with a quarrel in hostility. This type of quarrel is usually an attitude, action, or behavior in unfriendly opposition. Those types of quarrels will usually arise from a grudge, or someone’s unresolved bitterness, or envy. (Genesis 26:14) The best we can do in those times is not react to provocation.
Have you ever drawn water from these wells? I know there have been occasions when I regrettably have either been the source, or the recipient of the quarrel. I have also come to know that the water is bitter and not fit for consumption. It will never satisfy thirst and God does not want us drinking from those wells.
But the third well dug by Isaac’s herdsman was a different type of well. There were no quarrels at that well, and Isaac named it Rehoboth; which means a place of enlarging and flourishing. Isaac said, “For now the Lord made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land”. (Genesis 26:22) There was no quarrel at that well for God made room.
You know what else was poured out in this water? Scripture doesn’t let us know if Isaac’s herdsman responded to the quarrels. It only states that they moved on and dug another well. Sometimes we have to do that – don’t you agree? Just move on from those Wells of Quarrels and keep digging until God says – it is good, just stay here and I will give you an abundance of “living water”. ~ Amen.
Don’t you just love God’s Word? I know I do. Welcome to Rehoboth where God will make room for you and God will make you fruitful. ~ Amen :Y