January 12

Genesis 26:17-27:46; Matthew 9:1-17; Psalm 10:16-18; Proverbs 3:9-10

Isaac led a privileged life and was not used to resistance. Now that he had his own family, he set out to Gerar. He dug a well and there was a dispute over the well. In a move of great maturity, he abandoned the well by calling it “argument”. Later, his men dug another well so that they could get fresh water and the inhabitants of the land claimed ownership again. This time he named it “Hostility” and moved on.

Not willing to be deterred, they went and dug another well. On this occasion, no one contested the well’s ownership so Isaac named it, “Open Space.” The Hebrew Word for “Open Space” is Rehoboth! In other words, God has made room for him.

As you are pursuing the goals God has given you, resistance may arise. How will you handle it? Will you stay and try to battle or will you keep moving forward? As people attempt to attack you or your character, will you play games of retaliation? It’s not worth it.

Isaac shows us a great example. You just keep moving forward. Do not let your detractors pull you into a battle. Just rise above it and keep moving forward. Isaac did it and not only found that God made room for him, but he also lived long enough to see those who tried to steal from him, come and ask for his help.

Be encouraged today as you know that God has prepared a table before you even in the presence of your enemies. Those who resist you are helping you get to the place that God has reserved for you. And that place, no one can take from you! Rehoboth!

Tomorrow’s Readings: Genesis 28:1-29:35; Matthew 9:18-38; Psalm 11:1-7; Proverbs 3:11-12