Don’t Second Guess Your Faith, Keep Digging!
“A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the LORD’S counsel—that will stand.” Proverbs. 19:21
When your actions are taken with wise council and consideration of the Word of God, you will always, ultimately succeed.
Now the course to that success may not always be by the pathway you thought you might go, but if you allow the Lord to direct your steps you will always reach the destination your heart desired with faith in the Lord.
In Genesis 26 we read the story of how Isaac’s men re-dug the wells which his Father Abraham had dug in the Valley of Gerar, but the Philistines disputed over them twice in two different places, but they just moved on each time and dug another well. The third time they dug a well there was no dispute and they called it Rehoboth meaning wide spaces, roominess. The Lord has made room for us.
The remarkable thing about this story is how Isaac’s men responded to the disputes over the wells. They had more than one opportunity to get discouraged, to bemoan the fact that their efforts had been for naught and all their hard work would now be benefiting someone else who did not deserve it, did not work for it, just took it from them after they had done all the labor to build it.
But they didn’t get discouraged and they didn’t quit. They just picked up, packed up and moved on.
Are you kidding me? No. As remarkable as it seems, that’s what they did and not just once, but twice. Were they acting on the authority and the leading of God? Yes. Did they have a legal claim to the land and the wells? Yes. So, why didn’t they just take their stand and fight? Because they were seeking the place of rest and peace and they were determined to find it no matter how many wells they would have to dig. They were not willing to stop one well short of a blessing. They did not second guess their faith and resort to human schemes to reach their goal. They simply kept digging.
“Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” Galatians 3:3
So, they dug a third time and there they found rest, peace and blessing in that place. So they called it Beersheba, the well of the oath. Because it was there that God swore to bless him and multiply his descendants for His servant Abraham’s sake.
Moses was told to go down to Egypt to Pharaoh and bring the people out of slavery and bring them up to the mountain of the Lord from where He would take them into a land flowing with milk and honey.
But his first 7 tries failed to free the people and only resulted in harder bondage for them. Surely Moses had many opportunities to think he had missed God and was destined to failure. Again and again he was rebuffed by Pharaoh. Still after seven plagues he would not relent and let the people go. But Moses pressed on…eight…nine…and finally 10 times, because he was convinced that God was not only with Him but He was with Him to insure that His intended purpose would be fulfilled.
When we are led by God’s Word, His promises and His commandments, we will guide our affairs, our businesses, our homes, our families, ourselves with discretion. We will not be discouraged, nor lose heart or give up “one well” short of a blessing or “one plague” short of freedom.
We will continue to walk in the faith of God’s Word and wisdom until God’s will and purposes are fulfilled.