“So Isaac moved away to the Gerar Valley, where he set up their tents and settled down. 18 He reopened the wells his father had dug, which the Philistines had filled in after Abraham’s death. Isaac also restored the names Abraham had given them. 19 Isaac’s servants also dug in the Gerar Valley and discovered a well of fresh water. 20 But then the shepherds from Gerar came and claimed the spring. “This is our water,” they said, and they argued over it with Isaac’s herdsmen. So Isaac named the well Esek (which means “argument”). 21 Isaac’s men then dug another well, but again there was a dispute over it. So Isaac named it Sitnah (which means “hostility”). 22Abandoning that one, Isaac moved on and dug another well. This time there was no dispute over it, so Isaac named the place Rehoboth (which means “open space”), for he said, “At last the LORD has created enough space for us to prosper in this land.” 23 From there Isaac moved to Beersheba, 24 where the LORD appeared to him on the night of his arrival. “I am the God of your father, Abraham,” he said. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you. I will multiply your descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will do this because of my promise to Abraham, my servant.” 25 Then Isaac built an altar there and worshiped the LORD . He set up his camp at that place, and his servants dug another well. (Genesis 26:17-25, NLT)
As I was writing yesterday’s post about asking for the rain I heard the Lord say, “Dig a well.” I started searching for places in Scripture where it talks about digging wells. This passage in Genesis caught my attention.
Back in this day pitching a tent and digging a well were generally accepted means by which to establish a right to unclaimed land. At the start of this passage Isaac reopened the wells his father had dug and restored the names Abraham had given them. As you continue to read they attempted to claim other land and found that it was already owned by others. Finally they come to a piece of land that was unclaimed and he set up his tent and dug a well. He made a statement, “At last the Lord has created enough space for us to prosper in this land.”
Now, where am I going with this? I believe this ties in with some things I shared last week about restoration and even old doors being opened. First of all, there are some wells in your life that were dug years ago. They were dug by your ancestors, your father’s and your grandfathers and the enemy came in years ago and filled those wells in. There are promises and “land” that belong to you that has been hidden by the enemy. There are some old wells that are going to be reopened in your life, wells that were dug by your family, anointing’s, spiritual inheritances that belong to you are being opened up again.
You have attempted to dig some new wells and have been unsuccessful as you’ve found out the “land” was already occupied. You’ve wondered why you couldn’t find your own land and your own place but God is now leading you into old inheritances and new land. You too will proclaim, “At last the Lord has created enough space for us to prosper in this land.”
Be sensitive as the Lord leads you in the months throughout the rest of this year. You’ve got some old wells to uncover and some new wells to dig!