In the same year of famine, Isaac sowed in the land and reaped a hundred-fold because the Lord blessed him. (verse 12)
Isaac was very industrious and enterprising and he prospered greatly as a result of God blessing the works of his hands. (verse 13)
Isaac’s prosperity prompted the envy of his neighbours. Our success can breed enemies even when God is the one giving the success (verse 14)
The Philistines envied Isaac because of the blessing of God on his life. As believers, we must know that not everyone is happy when we are blessed. Envy is one of the works of the flesh and should not be found amongst Christians rather we should rejoice with those rejoicing and trust God for our own blessings in due season. (verse 15)
Wells were sources of fortunes in the Orientals in those days and were difficult and expensive to dig. Therefore, it was a significant attack to destroy someone’s well. This goes to show how severe the envy of the Philistines was towards Isaac. (verse 15)
Greatness can be a threat. The Philistines felt threatened by Isaac’s greatness and their king Abimelech expelled him from the country (verse 16)
Isaac went back to the same resources that sustained his father and all that he possessed in his time. For him, it took faith, hard work and commitment to dig those wells again but the provision needed was there when Isaac sought it diligently. (verse 18)
There is a powerful illustration here of the spiritual life. The spiritual resources that sustained previous generations are also available to us today if we will seek them diligently with faith and commitment.(verse 18)
The enemy will always contend and oppose our destiny as he can see the glory ahead, we must never give in. In the face of fierce strife, dispute, opposition and contention, Isaac continued to dig wells until the lord silenced his enemies. (verse 19-21)
Finally, a well was dug that brought about no opposition, it was a well of enlargement, a well of room enough, Isaac named it ‘Rehoboth’ which means, At last the Lord has created enough space for us to prosper in this land.” (verse 22)
A CHANGE OF STORY
The Famine in the land did not stop Isaac from sowing. He refused to observe the wind and sowed in faith .God responded by blessing him with a bumper harvest of hundred folds. (Ecclesiastes 11:4 -6)
Isaac enjoyed the covenant God made to his father – Abraham, because in the same year of famine, while others were telling tales of woes, hardship and sufferings, Isaac enjoyed a hundred fold returns. Isaiah 65:13, Psalm 37:19
Isaac was reaping the reward of obeying God. Unfortunately, many people want the fruit of obedience without sowing the seed of obedience. (Isaiah 1:19-20)
As believers, we should rejoice when others are blessed or have their desires answered because God is not a respecter of persons, He is a just God. What he did for one, he will do for the others. It’s only a matter of time so wait for yours. (Hebrew 6:10, Acts 10:34, Job 14:14)
The philistines became jealous of Isaac because his riches and blessings eclipsed theirs and he had become unstoppable ((Genesis 26:16)
Because God repeatedly demonstrated his faithfulness to Isaac, he was unperturbed when Abimelech ordered him to leave the country. He knew that he could be blessed and fruitful wherever God led him. (Joshua 1:3)
Gentleness is the nature of God; Isaac was gentle and he followed peace with all men even in the midst of hostility and contention. (Hebrews 12:14, Galatians 5:22-23, Genesis 26:17)
After digging wells, which they were dispossessed of, Isaac’s servants went on to dig another well, which was not taken from them this time. Finally, the Lord made room for Isaac and caused his enemies to be at peace with him. God silenced every opposition and power against his progress, there was a change of story. (Proverbs 16:7)
Let Isaac’s example be ours – In business: industrious and enterprising, in the society: Peace loving and yielding, in religion: ever prepared for communion with God. (Genesis 26:12-22)
Rehoboth was a testimony of God’s goodness in the life of Isaac. His testimony was that ‘Now the Lord has made room for us and we shall be fruitful in the land’. (Genesis 26:22)
Father, we thank you because you alone giveth seed to the sower and bread to the eater. We pray for good seeds to sow and we trust you for a bountiful harvest in Jesus name.
Father, bless the works of my hands with abundance. I must not to labour in vain, Lord reward my labour and compensate all my hardwork.
Lord, as Isaac waxed great and went forward in greatness, I ask that you make us great, move us forward and grow us until we become very great as a church, as a family, as a people and as a community.
When the enemy comes like a flood against me and my purpose in life, Father, raise a standard against them. My enemies will not have an upper hand against me, as you silenced the enemies of Isaac at Rehoboth, Lord, silent all my enemies and bring an end to every form of hostility against my advancement.
Holy Spirit, lead me to my own well of enlargement and let every contention against my destiny cease as from today in Jesus name.
Oh Lord, please turn every well of strife and hatred that may be confronting me right now to wells of enlargement and ease.
Isaac found his Rehoboth despite all the many challenges, oppression and harassment on the way, Father, grant me the grace to persevere in trial until I get to my Rehoboth – the beginning of endless breakthroughs.
Rehoboth was Isaac’s turning point, Lord, make this season a turning point in my life. I shall not build for others to inhabit nor plant for another to eat. I shall long enjoy the works of my hands.
Lord, as we put all our trust in you, give us and all our children enough room to prosper and be fruitful.
Isaac’s servants found water again, Father, release new sources of blessings unto me and my household, let us dream again, give us new testimonies, let every blessing that the enemy has stopped in my life resume again and let us enjoy overflowing blessings