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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

Digging Wells

Today’s Verse:

And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham: and he called their names after the names by which his father had called them. ~Genesis 26:18


In San Leandro, many of the homes have wells on the property. While the well water is not drinkable for consumption, it is usable for irrigation and watering plants. Long before modern-day water supply channels were developed, people accessed water by living near a water source. In the Middle East, people had to dig wells so that they would have water to drink, wash, and irrigate. Let us see the importance of digging wells.

We see the representation.

First, we see the picture of water. Water is the essence of life. We need water to drink and survive. Water is a picture of Jesus, Who is the fountain of living water and the water of life. Jesus told the woman at the well that if any man drinks of the water that He gives, he shall never thirst again. He said that if man thirst, let him drink of the water that He gives, and out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. Second, we see the wells. A well is a place we go to day after day for our water. Well water comes from an underground spring. It is better to have more wells than less. Wells symbolize where God meets with us to refresh us. Wells and water represent biblical doctrines and practices passed down to us.

We see the rigor.

Isaac’s servants dug wells. Digging wells is hard work. Digging uses most of the muscles in your body. Digging requires you to dig deep in order to find a well that will supply your need. Digging requires you to haul away dirt and rock. It takes hard work to grow in the Christian life. It takes hard work to be a preacher of the Word of God. It takes hard work to pray, see people saved, and build a church for God.

We see the resistance.

Abraham had dug wells in that area many years before, but the Philistines stopped them up by pouring dirt and rocks into them. The Philistines strove with them. The enemy will always try to stop us from digging wells. If they don’t try to plug them up when we are not paying attention, they will fight with us to take away our wells. Satan wants to throw the dirt and rocks of false doctrine, compromise, and sin into your life. He wants to stop the water from flowing in your life. If you are a well digger, be prepared to fight the enemy.

We see the repetition.

Isaac’s servants dug more than one well. In fact, they dug as many as four wells. Every time they dug a well, the Philistines fought with them. Satan will discourage you, but keep digging wells. Satan will give you setbacks, but keep digging wells. Satan will want to keep you from winning souls, but keep digging wells.

We see the resourcefulness.

Isaac’s servants did not let the Philistines stop them. They named one of the locations where they dug a well Rehoboth, which means God is for us and we shall be fruitful in the land. In addition to the wells, Isaac built an altar there to testify of his faith in God. Isaac and his servants were resourceful. Where there is well, there is water. Where there is water, there is life and abundance. Let’s take a shovel and dig some wells for our spiritual life. Don’t stop, but just keep digging.

Have a resourceful God Morning!

Bible Reading Schedule: 1 Chronicles 28-29

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