Wednesday – September 25, 2019 – Generational Blessings Do Not Go Unopposed
Genesis 26:12-15 (MSG) Isaac planted crops in that land and took in a huge harvest. God blessed him. The man got richer and richer by the day until he was very wealthy. He accumulated flocks and herds and many, many servants, so much so that the Philistines began to envy him. They got back at him by throwing dirt and debris into all the wells that his father’s servants had dug back in the days of his father Abraham, clogging up all the wells.
Even with God’s promise for generational blessings, we must realize that there will be opposition to overcome. Isaac’s generation illustrates that nearly perfectly. We see that in the preparations made to stave off famine. The reason that famine occurs in a region is usually due to drought. Water is the most common substance on earth with 70% of the earth’s surface containing it. But there are places where it is scarce. When fresh water is abundant, great civilizations flourish. When the water fails, so does the civilization. Without water, life cannot exist. Where water is scarce, people have died fighting over it.
The climate where Isaac lived was semi-arid and the availability of water was priceless. Since there was not much surface water available to the inhabitants of the Promised Land, wells were an important source of water. It is apparent that strife and fighting would occur over a scarce life-giving source like water.
The commitment on the part of God had a tangible provision to it. Stay in the land He promised them, whether there was famine or not.
While the rest of Palestine was in the midst of famine, God blessed Isaac. His harvest produced for him a hundredfold increase. While the rest of the region was suffering lack, Isaac was experiencing abundance. That abundance was the result of his obedience and the work that accompanies obedience. Others had a little water available to them, but Isaac had plenty of water available to him.
The reason that Isaac had the abundance of water is because Abraham did all that was required of him by God (Genesis 26:5). Evidently, part of the requirements was for Abraham to dig wells in the land promised to him. It was the digging of the wells that brought about the abundance that Abraham experienced in the same way that the wells became a blessing to Isaac.
Prayer: Lord, help me to do whatever is required of me to be a blessing to the generations to come.