Today's encouragement comes from Genesis 26:18, where we read these great words:
"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."
In every generation God calls His church to once-again "re-dig" the wells of the waters of life in Jesus, which our "fathers" had employed and enjoyed. The "Philistines” in every age—including ours—are always roaming about, seeking to "stop up" with the "earth" of the world all our good spiritual bles-sings. But praise God, they are never able to succeed against us.
Jesus, as found in His gospel of grace, is the Personification of the Water of Life. May we, His church, even today, be busy "digging again” by faith into His Person, His love, and His mercy.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Where else can we now go but to Jesus, the ever-living Head of the whole church . . . who sends all gospel ministers, and on whom they universally depend?” —Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon, "The Sorrows of the Bereaved Spread before Jesus"]