Genesis 26:1 says, “And there was a famine in the land, beside the first famine that was in the days of Abraham.” This famine is specified to be a different one than that which happened during the life of Abraham.
So Isaac has to do something unnatural to receive something supernatural. Verse 12 says, “Then Isaac sowedin that land, and received in the same year a hundredfold: and the LORD blessed him.
Genesis 26:14-16 “14 For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him.
15 For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth. 16 And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we.
Isaac sowed during a time of great famine. That takes faith to give when you are in dire need. He received a hundredfold the same year. This should encourage us to tithe and sow during times of lack and during times of blessings.
Isaac was told to leave because God had blessed him. Scripture says the Philistines envied Isaac. So instead of working with Isaac, they worked against him. I have seen this so much in the Church, in the the pulpit and worship team. Instead of being bless by whom the Lord is sending to us, we fear they just might take our positon or title from us. They just might start their own church. How sad, that we would rather surround ourselves with mediocrity than greatness.
Unfortunately, those ministries and churches have folded or closed. I have even heard people say to me they are called to tear down and uproot certain churches, pastors or ministries in the name of the Lord. God has never call people to tear down or dismantle a part of His church. There is one Church and one Body. We have got to yield to God’s will and purpose for the Church. It is not about us, it is about Him, and the people that we are sent to make a different in their lives. Either we are yielded to the enemy (devil) or the Lord, there is no in between.
The Philistines had filled up the well. The wells were a source of refreshing and sustaining life. Water was a vital necessity then and it still is today. Why would the enemy destroy what they needed?
Why do Christian destroy what is needed in the Church today, unity in the Spirit? We need to build lives, not more programs and building expansions. We need those wells unplugged that living water can flow through us and affect homes, cities and nations.
The enemy was attempting to undo what Isaac was called to do. Those wells belonged to Isaac’s father, therefor they are a part of Isaac’s inheritance, which Philistines (enemy) didn’t want him to have.
We like Isaac can be discouraged and disappointed doing what we believe God has called us to do. We expect it to be easy since God says its ours, and He’s on our side. But there is a time to fight and not give up, and there is a time to walk away. We find ourselves laboring to receive an inheritance that’s already ours. Every time Isaac unplugged a well, the enemy came and plugged it back up. Why? The wells is a landmark, whoever owned the wells, owned the Land. God owns the land and he has given us the Land as a part of our inheritance.
Now understand when I am speaking about our land, I am not referring to soil, or acreage, I am speaking of earthen vessels! 2 Corinthians 4:7-10 says “7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; 10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body."
"15For all the wells which his father's servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth. 16And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us; for thou art much mightier than we. 17And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there."
….To be continued