Find Your Open Space

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Genesis 26

1 A severe famine now struck the land, as had happened before in Abraham’s time. So Isaac moved to Gerar, where Abimelech, king of the
Philistines, lived.

12 When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him. 13 He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow. 14 He acquired so many flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, and servants that the Philistines became jealous of him. 15
So the Philistines filled up all of Isaac’s wells with dirt. These were the wells that had been dug by the servants of his father, Abraham.

Even in the famine God blessed Isaac.

16 Finally, Abimelech ordered Isaac to leave the country. “Go somewhere else,” he said, “for you have become too powerful for us.”

17 So Isaac moved away to the Gerar Valley, where he set up their tents and settled down. 18
He reopened the wells his father had dug, which the Philistines had
filled in after Abraham’s death. Isaac also restored the names Abraham
had given them.

He tried to go back to the way his father did things. But that didn’t work.

19 Isaac’s servants also dug in the Gerar Valley and discovered a well of fresh water. 20 But then the shepherds from Gerar came and claimed the spring. “This is
our water,” they said, and they argued over it with Isaac’s herdsmen.So Isaac named the well Esek (which means “argument”). 21 Isaac’s men then dug another well, but again there was a dispute over it. So Isaac named it Sitnah (which means “hostility”). 22 Abandoning that one, Isaac moved on and dug another well. This time there was no dispute over it, so Isaac named the place Rehoboth (which means “open space”), for he said, “At last the Lord has created enough space for us to prosper in this land.”

They tried to do it a new way but there was resistance, arguments, hostility. But Isaac and his men did not give up. In life if you believe you have dream in your heart there will always be resistance. You will encounter people who do not understand your dream…who feel threatened. But do not give up. God has an “open space” for you. Sometimes you just have to keep trying until you find it.

23 From there Isaac moved to Beersheba, 24 where the Lord appeared to him on the night of his arrival. “I am the God of your father, Abraham,” he said. “Do not be afraid, for I am with you and will bless you. I will multiply your descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will do this because of my promise to Abraham, my servant.” 25 Then Isaac built an altar there and worshiped the Lord. He set up his camp at that place, and his servants dug another well.

Never stop looking for your open space. It is out there. You just have to find it. And expect some resistance. Nothing of any enduring value is easily attained.

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