STRIKING WHERE YOU’RE VULNERABLE
And Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him, and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy. He had possessions of flocks and herds and many servants, so that the Philistines envied him. The Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham. Genesis 26:12-15
Having grown up in a very small town in New York, I can personally attest to the power of generational feuding. At extended family gatherings, stories were told around our dinner table about certain families; people who did things long before we were born that were still recounted with disgust. Such tales only bred a bias in our young impressionable minds.
This incident in Isaac’s life occurs long before King David is born. The famous story of the Philistines warring against the people of Israel and taunting them to provide a warrior to battle Goliath, has its roots in Isaac’s generation. The war began here. Isaac prospered, so much so, that the Philistines were filled with envy. Envy turns to anger and anger that simmers erupts in aggression.
Wishing to strategically strike Isaac in a vulnerable place, they targeted his wells. Without water, his livestock would die. His wealth would diminish so they filled in all of Abraham’s wells with dirt.
Hindsight shows me that this is not the end of the story. The Philistines might have thought that they won on at that day. No water. No wealth. But they didn’t know God. Their aggression was pathetic against the covenant of God over His people.
Who is against you today? Perhaps you are trying to exist in a familial relationship where envy and aggression are acted out as a way of life. Or maybe you exist in a workplace fraught with private wars. Others struck at your vulnerable place and a blessed existence seems out of reach. God has not forgotten you. His covenant love is in tact. Walk in faithfulness and God will do His part. He will sustain, make a way where you see none, and prosper you. A war against God’s child is a personal war against God. Who can fight God and win? Look at history and consider Who it is that is on your side!
Someone can threaten to block my water supply, Lord. But You make rivers in the desert. You are not passive. I stand on your Word in Isaiah 42:13 ‘You, the LORD, go out like a mighty man, like a man of war You stir up Your zeal; You cry out, You shout aloud, You show Yourself mighty against Your foes.’ Praise be to the Lord of hosts. Amen
Journal Question: Who is your enemy? What vulnerable places have they attacked? What has been taken from you? God is the Restorer. Find one scripture that speaks of God providing what was stolen from you. Memorize it today; say it out loud as often as your sagging confidence needs it.