Genesis 26

Again, reading Search the Scriptures by Alan Stibbs.

This time, I read of Isaac (remember, the guy who was supposed to marry Rebekah — and did) and the way he reacted to the promises of God. A little snippet of Isaac’s life is wedged in the middle of Genesis 26: when he and his men tried to dig a well to provide his whole entourage and family with water.

So they start digging wells, and each one seems to be in the wrong place. The Philistines inhabited a nearby city, and they opposed every location Isaac tried to start a well. Each time, Isaac simply relocated. Finally, the Lord provided Isaac with a well that pleased everyone and drew water. You should really read the chapter to get the full idea.

One of the questions read:

“What can we learn from the quarrel over the wells concerning the way to behave in the face of opposition or hostility? Cf. 1 Peter 2:23.”

1 Peter 2:23 reads:

“When He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but continued entrusting Himself to Him who judges justly.”

My general answer: We claim no rights. We trust that all things happen for the good of those who love God, whether bad, frustrating, joyous, or great. Something we worked for, something we earned, something that, by all American means, is our right … we can give it up. We can hand it over, because God is orchestrating every situation!

Any other thoughts come to mind? The great thing about this study is that it simply guides your thoughts toward dialogue about God!


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