Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the Lord blessed him. The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy. He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the Philistines envied him. So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth. Genesis 26: 12-15
Favor of God
In Genesis 26, we learn about Isaac and the growth he has in Gerar, the land of the Philistines.Verse 12 and 13 state that “he sowed in the land and reaped a hundredfold…” and that he “began to prosper and continued prospering until he became very prosperous.”
What happens next is revelatory to how the enemy responds when we are reaping the favor of God. The Bible says out of fear and envy, they sent Isaac away. Isaac departs and settles in the valley where he begins to re-dig the wells of his father Abraham, which had been stopped up by the Philistines.
However, every time Isaac hit water, the herdsman of Gerar would say, “This water is ours.” Isaac would move to another spot, dig again, but again the enemy would steal the well. Finally, Isaac dug yet another well, but this time, the enemy didn’t claim it. Hence verse 22, where Isaac says, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful I the land.”
Consider the importance of going back to the “wells” in our lives. In this case, the wells represented the promise that God had made to Abraham. The idea that Isaac was “unstopping” his father’s wells is a picture of what it means to keep the original promises of God “flowing.” I can’t help but wonder if Isaac was desperately digging for a reminder that God’s favor was still with him. Yet, Isaac does not engage with the enemy throughout this passage. He just keeps moving forward and digging! He does not whine, and he does not worry. But, most importantly, he does not give up! And once again, he is fruitful in the land.
The enemy does not want you to remember the “wells” in your life. Instead, he wants to stop them up and send you far away from them. He does not want you to remember the Word that was given to you, and he does not want you to prosper through it. Stay close to the wells of your promises, dig, and don’t give up. Drink deeply of the Words God has spoken to you. And no matter the opposition, resolve to move forward and keep digging until you release the flow of your promise.
Remember, God has made room for you, and it WILL happen!