Thursday – September 26, 2019 – Contend For the Blessing of the Next Generation
Hebrews 6:13-15 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
Abraham’s blessing flowed down to Isaac, but the blessing that one generation receives in their lives will only go so far in the lives of the succeeding generation. Isaac faced opposition to the provision that God gave him, and the preceding generation’s wells were stopped up. Isaac had to contend with his enemy to keep what God had provided for him. We know that there is an enemy that we face. He will do whatever is necessary to prevent us from receiving the blessing that God has for us. Whatever blessing we have received as part of our Christian heritage, we must contend for it. When we do that, we will be in for a fight.
Isaac contended by re-digging some of the wells that his father had dug. What had belonged to his father, he was committed to making his own, but God does not intend for us to get by on someone else’s experience entirely. He wants us to have our own experience. Making that experience our own will take obedience and work. We can also be certain that there will be opposition. We must contend for God’s provision realizing that the enemy will steal from us if we allow him to. He will try and clog up the wells of God’s blessing in our lives if we do not resist him and work in accordance with God’s plan to receive our blessing.
Isaac dug wells of his own but in doing that his enemies were not happy. Wells were vital to the survival of the inhabitants and when they were dug, the owners named them. That is what Isaac did. He named the original well that he dug Esek, which means quarrel, dispute or argument. The second well that he dug he named Sitnah and it means accusation, hostility, hatred or opposition. The names of these wells indicate that the contention for them was very severe. That will be true in your life as well. The hatred that Satan has toward you is very intense, and he will fight against you. In Isaac’s case, he was experiencing great provision from God and then the battle began.
God has made great promises to us and He intends to provide them to us. And praise God we will receive them as we contend for them. Do not become discouraged in your fight of faith. Even during the battle, do not give up and do not become discouraged.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for providing for us what we need from You and giving us the strength and courage to contend for it, from generation to generation.