Genesis 26:15(Now the Philistines had stopped and filled with earth all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the days of Abraham his father.)
18 And Isaac dug again the wells of water that had been dug in the days of Abraham his father, which the Philistines had stopped after the death of Abraham. And he gave them the names that his father had given them.
19 But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of spring water, 20 the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen, saying, “The water is ours.” So he called the name of the well Esek, because they contended with him.
21 Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over that also, so he called its name Sitnah.
22 And he moved from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it. So he called its name Rehoboth, saying, “For now the Lord has made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”
Over the years, I have heard a number of words spoken about Abraham’s wells, as well as some sermons, about sometimes we need to go and redig old wells.
The Wells which Abraham’s servants had strenuously worked at, digging unto they reached water, were filled in with dirt and rubbish by the Philistines.
These wells had served God’s people, and the animals they had for quite a period of time. But through jealousy, the Philistines blocked up the wells and forced Abraham to move on.
In these days, perhaps there has been a ministry of a certain kind in an area for years, then for some reason it ends. A number of years later, someone has an idea to again start the exact same Ministry, in the same area, but for a variety of reasons, it is blocked continually. So, the group tries a second time, in another area, but the same blockages come up, and it is again stalled.
Or it may be a career change, perhaps you have felt led by God to make a move that seems drastic to some. Then when you think something is opening up, it suddenly closes. Don’t give up. Stay close to Jesus in prayer and His Word, and listen for His direction. If it is the leading of Jesus, the door will remain open. When the well is dug that Jesus has for you, the water will be clear, and the opposition will be out of the area.
There is then another choice to be made. Those involved really believe God is leading them, so they can’t understand why they are being interfered with at every turn.
In faith, looking for the leading of Holy Spirit, and listening for Him to speak, after a period of time, waiting for the confusion and frustration to end, another idea and location was suggested. Hesitantly each person moved forward, step by step. Nothing came against them, no interference at all, and the ministry started up strong and continued on.
When the Lord calls us, and impresses our spirit to step out, He already has the way, and the place for it to be done. Look back to when Isaac was re-digging the wells of Abraham. At the third well, there was no interference, the water was good, and Isaac could see that they would be fruitful in the land.
When something is started, that is led by Jesus, and for His Glory, we can’t back away, or stop in frustration. Keep moving forward until Holy Spirit says stop, wait, or change direction.
God’s Plans are Perfect and Right.