Monday – September 30, 2019 – Generational Responsibility
Hebrews 6:12-15 (NIV) We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. 13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14 saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
Abraham is a model to be followed. He took his responsibility to the succeeding generations seriously. He did what he could to prepare for the future of the generations to come. In his pursuit of God’s will for himself and his offspring, he had to endure and learn to be patient. Even though he had living opponents, one of his greatest obstacles was waiting. If you talk to a combat soldier, he will tell you of the extended time of waiting, including incessant boredom only to be interrupted with moments of sheer terror. Isaac waited and battled.
He persevered during the battle and he continued to dig wells knowing that God intended to provide for him abundantly. We talked previously about the wells that Isaac built when there was great opposition. We also need to talk about wells he dug when he concentrated on the inheritance God was providing through his labor. The next well that he dug he named Rehoboth, which means wide open spaces. He was given open spaces for the purpose of fruitfulness. God intended to continue to increase his harvest. The last well he dug in the place where he settled, he called Shibah and it means oath. The town that grew up around that well was named Beersheba and it means well of the oath. God made a promise to Isaac and it was sealed with an oath. The promise came through Abraham, but it filtered down to Isaac as the child of promise.
Abraham had gone before Isaac and had spent some time at Beersheba. It was there that he made an oath with a leader of the Philistines to live at peace. He dug a well there and made a treaty with the understanding that he would be credited with having dug the well. Oaths were very important in sealing agreements. Isaac would have been aware of the oath that God had made to Abraham and he worked to receive what God had promised. He did it by digging wells, so he would be positioned to receive what God had promised. With the promise and the oath of God, Isaac had no doubt that God would provide for him and would make a way for future generations.
Prayer: Lord, help me to take my responsibility seriously toward the generations to come. Thank you for making me more aware that my walk with You impacts more people than I can imagine.