Keep Digging

Dorothy Hostetter

READ : Genesis 26:12-25

Isaac’s decision to stay in Canaan brought good news and bad news. His crops yielded far more that first year than anyone expected. And things got better and better until an ugly problem cropped up-envy.

With few streams and scarce rainfall, people in that area depended on wells. Digging a well by hand (no well-drilling equipment back then) was hard work. Men could never tell whether they would find water or how deep they would have to dig. Filling someone’s well with dirt was like dumping a huge load of ready-mix today into a California aqueduct, diverting precious reservoir water onto the highway. It was mean-spirited and nasty.

Isaac had no choice but to move on. There were more plugged wells, and the king he was counting on for protection was king of the territory. But give Isaac credit. He kept on moving and digging wells until he found room to live.

The book

I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

contains an important lesson. We think God has promised us a trouble-free life and that he exists to make it come true. Isaac knew better. He kept on opening wells until he found water-and he heard God’s voice as well. “Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord.”


Lord, help me to keep going, no matter what, while I keep on calling your name. Amen.