And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen, saying, The water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him. And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah. And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.
Now that Isaac had found living water in the valley, was everything smooth sailing for him from that point on? No, Esek means “Contention.” It was immediately after Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan River - where He was filled with the power and presence of the Holy Spirit - that He was led to the desert to be tempted and challenged by Satan. So too, when we are filled with the living water of the Spirit, we must understand that challenges are sure to follow.
Again, Isaac found water, and again he was challenged - thus the name Sitnah, or “Hated.”
With the exception of Moses, there is not a man in the Old Testament meeker than Isaac. After all, when Ishmael taunted and teased him, did Isaac fight back? No. When his dad laid him on the altar to sacrifice him, did thirty-year-old Isaac try to escape? No. When his father’s servant selected a bride for him, did Isaac question his choice? No. When Abimelech rebuked him, did he rationalize his cowardice? No. When his water rights were challenged, did he stand his ground? No.
“Blessed are the meek,” Jesus said, “for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). And here we see that happening. Isaac is a man of remarkable meekness. And he will indeed inherit earthly blessings.
As I look back, I see my own life as a series of digging wells and moving on, until finally I found my Rehoboth, for Rehoboth means “Room.” Over the years, I’ve watched lots of talented men and women who had an anointing, a calling, and a gifting miss great opportunities because they dug a well and there was strife. When they dug a second one, there was contention. Yet, instead of digging a third well, they gave up, thinking, “What’s the use? I won’t be used. Why go on?” God’s plan is that we keep digging, keep digging, keep digging until we find our Rehoboth, where there’s room.
Every one of you, without exception, has a Rehoboth awaiting you. But the Enemy will try to discourage you through contention and strife. Why does God allow this to happen? Because He has a twofold task: not only to prepare a place for you, but to prepare you for the place. This means you’ll go through some trying times, some stretching points, and some questions, but you must not throw in the towel, or the trowel. You keep digging, move down the road, dig again, move down the road, dig again, and eventually you’ll find your Rehoboth. I promise.
This Daily Devotional is an excerpt from the book "A Pillar By Day" by Pastor Jon. "A Pillar By Day" is a collection of 365 short devotions from the Old Testament books of Genesis through Deuteronomy.If you would like your own copy of "A Pillar By Day" you may click here to go to the SearchLight Store.