When we experience opposition, don’t give up!

Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of freshwater there. But the herdsman of Gerar quarreled with Isaac’s herdsmen and said, “The water is ours!” Genesis 26:19–20

Isaac was doing exactly what he was supposed to be doing, and yet there was opposition and quarreling over the well. So Isaac dug another well, but the herdsman from Gerar quarreled over this well too, claiming the water was theirs.

The Bible tells us that Isaac moved on from there and dug a third well, and no one quarreled over this final water source. (Genesis 26:22)

When we experience opposition or failure we are quick to become discouraged. To wonder if we are not doing what the Lord has called us to do. We doubt our purpose, our plans or our abilities. But Isaac did not doubt that the Lord would have him dig a well in this area. He just moved on and tried again.

If you have experienced opposition or failure in a situation, don’t give up, don’t doubt God’s leading in your life. You have done nothing wrong, the Lord’s powerful hand of blessing is still on you. Just move on and try again. Isaac dug three wells before he was able to keep one. Be encouraged, maybe third times a charm (or four or five).

Prayer: Dear Lord, encourage your people as we face setbacks in our lives. Keep our focus on You when things are not going as we plan and help us to pick up our shovels and start digging again.

Published by Linda Colby

Linda has been a Bible teacher in a national women's ministry for the past 14 years, overseeing and leading women of all ages and their children in their pursuit of growing in the knowledge and understanding of the Word and deepening their relationships in Jesus Christ. She is now involved with the new ministry “The Encouraging Word”. She has a Masters in Bible and Theology from Western Seminary and works with a team to write Bible studies that will encourage, teach, counsel and grow men and women in relationship to God and to one another.

4 thoughts on “When we experience opposition, don’t give up!

  1. Amen Sister, Amen! I love this so much. I am picking up my shovel today. God knows, and He hears, and He cares so very deeply for each one of us. Blessings, Susan


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