“And Isaac dug again the wells of water which they had dug in the days of Abraham his father, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham.” Genesis 26:18 Isaac was living at a time of double famine when God appeared to him and gave him specific instructions not to go down to Egypt. On the outset, it would have made every sense to get out of a dry land. I think that the ones that lived in Gerar at that time, might have stored up their grains for their future. But Isaac not only obeyed God but sowed sacrificial seeds in the time of famine. God looked at his selfless sacrificial heart and blessed him with a hundred fold harvest (Genesis 26:12). God wants to send revival in our land. There are many prophesies about a coming revival that is going to sweep America. The passage in Genesis 26:17 to 22, enables us to learn precious lessons from the life of Isaac. Abraham was a pioneer in digging wells. Likewise, our forefathers dug those spiritual wells for the very first time in our nation. They laid a biblical foundation and brought godliness into our culture. They based everything on God’s word and established godly principles all over the nation. The Bible says that the Philistines used dirt to clog up those pure water wells so they could not spring up with clean water anymore. They continued to put dirt to plug all the passages to the point that the wells were totally stopped (Genesis 26:15,18). This is pretty much the state of our nation. Here in America, we see that the nation that once sent missionaries all over the world is in a great spiritual need, a need for revival.
On the name of freedom, we have allowed idols, killed precious lives and adopted alternative lifestyles. Many strange and ungodly cultures and ideologies have come in. We, as a nation have walked away from God in many ways. The Bible calls it a wicked and perverse generation. Some of the problems we see around us are insurmountable! We have a huge national debt. We see a spiritual decline across the board. We see people struggling with mental issues, drugs, perversion, homelessness, gun violence and the list goes on. These could never be solved by any human wisdom. The enemy has come in like a flood in some cases and in other cases has crept in like a serpent. We cannot kill these enemies with bullets. In America, the wells of holiness, prayer, modesty, morality, humility, righteousness and mercy have been clogged up big time. This is when God is looking for a man. Isaac re-dug the wells so that the water could spring up again and the famine could be removed. Jeremiah 4:3 asks us to break up our fallow ground. Hosea 10:12 says, ‘Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord till He comes and rains righteousness on you.’ We must dig pure water wells and we must dig them now, if not for us, at least for our children and our grandchildren. God is counting on His people. 2 Chronicles 7:14 talks about how God wants His people to humble themselves, pray, seek His face and turn from their wicked ways. Then He will heal our land. Isaiah 41:17-18,’The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, Their tongues fail for thirst. I, the LORD, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers in desolate heights, And fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, And the dry land springs of water.’ Isaiah 44:3, ‘For I will pour water on him who is thirsty, And floods on the dry ground.’ God is calling the ploughmen with shovels in their hand to dig the fallow ground. Some believers find themselves not doing anything for revival. Some even feel that they are in a pit. If you feel that way, you are closer to the water than you have ever been. God can use you to do great things. Not many noble ones are called. God can use anybody. You can be that person. God wants us to cast away all our cares on the Lord. I Peter 5:7 wants us to give all our worries and cares to God for He cares for you. You cannot carry a burden and dig ground. We need to come out of every watered down gospel and shallow worship. We need to stop those timid prayers and weak faith. We cannot have a form of godliness and deny the power thereof. We cannot let go of the shovel now. We need to continue to labor in prayer. We need to continue to sow in tears. The water will come and that is what is revival. When you plant a seed, labor for the lost, plant yourself in a church, you are digging wells that will bless not only you, but the generations to come. As you dig, you are removing the dirt and throwing it away. When you give your time and resources, you are not helping a ministry, but you are making an investment into your own future. Your sincerity, integrity and faithfulness will give you great dividends. We need to keep digging. The enemy might show his ugly face now and then. Let us not get bogged down. Be strong and steadfast! We need to keep digging and keep going until we hit water. Someone dug a well for you. Now it is your turn. Let us dig the wells of revival! Let us do this together and let us do it now in Jesus’ name. Amen.[tell-a-friend id="1" title="Tell a friend"]