In Genesis 26 we read there was a famine in the
and so Isaac went to Gerar (in the land of a people called the Philistines). The
Lord promised Isaac that if he stayed there instead of traveling to land of Canaan , God would
bless him and his descendants. Isaac obeyed, and God blessed him indeed. Verse
12 states that "Isaac sowed seed in that land and received in the same
year one hundred times as much as he planted and the Lord favored him with
Genesis 26:17-22 (New King James Version)
Then Isaac pitched his tent in the
, and dwelt there. And Isaac dug again the wells
of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the
Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham. Also Isaac’s servants
dug in the valley, and found a well of running water there. But the herdsmen of
Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” Valley
Isaac did not fight when they quarreled with him; he just moved on. Then his servents dug another well, and the Gerar herdsmen quarreled over that one also. So he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, because he said, “For now the LORD has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”
It's the same with us. At times if we are not getting the breakthrough, it may be a signal that God wants us to make some kind of adjustment in order to triumph. It may not be a physical/geographical move as with Isaac, but it may be a change in thinking or attitude. From Isaac we can also learn that once we make up our minds not to give up, there comes a point when God steps in and gives us rest from troublemakers.
As we continue to pray over out city, it may seem at times, that there are hindrances. Our hard work of digging to uncover water finds someone else claiming the territory. Like Isaac, we must not be discouraged, but instead, we will claim a new well and make declarations.
Oh no, Not again, we say, there is another hindrance. Someone is taking credit for my work, others fuss with me, so shall I let it get me down? No, it is time to settle for peace. Fighting will only bring stress and upset to all. It is good to bless those who persecute you, and to find ways to praise them for their efforts.
Shall we stop praying over our city? No it is time to keep Moving on and we shall not get discouraged, because discouragement is the enemies main weapon. We shall make our declarations and prophesy over our city and claim water for all to drink.
Jesus is the Living water that will satisfy the thirsty souls.
Nothing really quenches thirst like a cool glass of fresh water. Our citizens are in need of the Living water that Jesus offers. Keep praying, working and never give up.
1. John 7:37-39 On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them." By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.