Topic: Tarry Still
[DCLM Daily Manna 2 March 2019 Daily Devotional by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi]
Text: Genesis 26:17-25 (KJV)
Key Verse: “And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land” (Genesis 26:22).
People respond differently to seemingly great opposition and conflict. Some give up too quickly and easily while others opt to fight back fiercely to defend their rights. Neither of these is always the right approach.
Isaac was by no means a coward; he was a realist. The odds were overwhelmingly against him when pitched against the more populous people of Gerar. Twice he dug a well and found water and each time, the herdsmen of Gerar fought against him and claimed the wells. Strikingly, each time also, Isaac moved farther away from them, and began prospecting for water all over. By the third attempt when he struck prospecting for water all over. By the third attempt when he struck water, his enemies had got tired of fighting to claim his property. Even when he could have fought back, Isaac took his predicament philosophically, giving striking names to the wells of argument. The second, he named Sitnah or the wall of anger. And the third was called Rehoboth, which means, the well where there was room enough for us at last. He believed that it was the Lord who had made room for him and his family. And soon enough, the Lord appeared to reassure him that He would bless him abundantly.
It is not every time that we must stand to claim our rights. More appropriately, we must be prepared to cede our rights if that will make for peaceful coexistence, trusting God to grant us favour or subdue our opposers. We must ask Him for the wisdom to know when to withdraw and when to stand up and fight for what rightly belongs to us. We must not however, tow the line of social agitators whatever venture we are engaged in, we must persist, even when the road is strewn with thorns and opposition. When we persist long enough, and remain on the high ground of righteousness, in due course, we shall succeed.
Thought For The Day: Those who give up easily in the face of opposition, cede their posterity to others.
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