Genesis 26:17-22 gives us a narrative of how the name Rehoboth came to be. It’s a well in Gerar dug by Isaac about 20 miles south of Beersheba. Isaac gave it the name Rehoboth, which means open space.
The servants of Isaac had dug two wells prior to Rehoboth and the herdsmen of Gerar quarrelled with Isaac’s herdsmen over the wells claiming that the water belongs to them.
As a result of the arguments and disputes, Isaac had to let it go in order for peace to reign. But interestingly Isaac servants kept on trying, they refused to give up, they persisted by digging another well.
So when they dug the third well and there was no disputes as result Isaac named it Rehoboth saying Now the Lord has given us space and we will flourish in the land.
I’m sure most of us are familiar with or must have heard this story in one way or another but if not you’re welcome.
Personally, this story speaks volume. It’s a reminder to us that as humans and especially as Christians to bear in mind that in life the devil will fight you, cause disagreements, and he will even try to take what’s rightfully yours because his purpose is to steal, kill and destroy.
Being a Christian doesn’t make it any easier or gives you a free pass to Heaven.
Consider what Jesus said;
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world John 16:33.
The devil is very cafty and he can come in any form to stop us from achieving our purpose in life.
This can be in form of disappointment, lack, delay and unsuccessful attempts to get or achieve a particular goal which God has given you and it seems the more and harder you try the more frustrating it becomes.
The more you build that project, that relationship, the more you applied for that job, that visa, that admission the more they turn you down. The more you fight that disease, that sickness the stronger it becomes.
Just like Isaac and his servants, do not give up on your goal, neither you quibble but you must learn to move on and keep digging. You must be resilient and able to endure tough times without cracking.
When things are tough only your God given visions will keep you going.
It is important to state that digging here doesn’t necessarily mean you should start drilling the ground like the servants of Isaac did except you are in that line of work.
But what I mean is to keep focus on your goal, keep believing in God, don’t give up, be prayerful with thanksgiving to God because praise is a weapon.
Irrespective of your situation,timeline or location, as you keep praying and digging, God will hush all your enemies and make a space for you to flourish in Jesus name.
Another thing we must not forget in this story is that in verse 2 and 3 of Genesis 26 God appeared to Isaac and told him not to go to Egypt but to do as He tells him. God told him to dwell in Gerar for He will be with him and bless him.
This simply shows that total obedience to God is sacrosanct in getting your Rehoboth.
The fact that God has promised to be with you and to bless you doesn’t mean you won’t encounter oppositions or challenges.
Anything that has to do with God and His children is a battle. You know why? because the devil is also interested in it.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them. Job 1:6
Remember when people are doing their worst to you, God is doing great work within you.
Be glad for the grace to overcome has been given to you.
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7
Many thanks for coming around, until next time….