(repost from March 9, 2014)
Today’s Reading: Genesis 25-26, Psalm 6, Luke 10
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 26:18
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. He called them by the names which his father had called them. (Gen 26:18 NKJV)
Why did the wells have to dug again? If the work that had already been done had been looked after, protected and cared for it seems there would have been no need to duplicate the effort. Indeed, isn't that how progress is thwarted - by having to re-do and re-discover rather than building upon what has already been established? Thank God Isaac knew where the wells had been and what they were called or they might never have been restored.
It behooves me to know the lessons of my predecessors, to protect the good that has already been established, to strip away only that which has been tainted by the enemy and to build upon the good foundation previously ordained by God.
Lord, give me the wisdom to discern these things and the strength and courage to keep building and progressing. In Christ - Amen. -AP