Daily Devotion for February 17, 2017
'Live by the Spring! Dwell by the Well!'
Genesis 16:7, 13-14 Amplified Bible
But the Angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness, on the road to [Egypt by way of] Shur.
Then she (Hagar) called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are God Who Sees”; for she said, “Have I not even here [in the wilderness] remained alive after seeing Him [who sees me with understanding and compassion]?” Therefore the well was called Beer-lahai-roi (Well of the Living One Who Sees Me); it is between Kadesh and Bered.
Now Isaac had returned from going to Beer-lahai-roi (Well of the Living One Who Sees Me), for he was living in the Negev. Isaac went out to bow down [in prayer] in the field in the [early] evening; he raised his eyes and looked, and camels were coming. Rebekah also raised her eyes and looked...
Now after the death of Abraham, God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac lived at Beer-lahai-roi (Well of the Living One Who Sees Me).
I find it interesting that Isaac “lived” at the “spring of water” where the Lord spoke to Hagar. As Charles Spurgeon pointed out, “Issac dwelt there, and made the well of the living and all-seeing God his constant source of supply. Perhaps the providential visitation experienced by Hagar struck Isaac's mind, and led him to revere the place.” Perhaps “its mystical name endeared it to him.” Perhaps “his frequent musing by its brim at eventide made him familiar with the well.” Perhaps “his meeting Rebekah there had made his spirit feel at home near the spot. But best of all, the fact that he there enjoyed fellowship with the living God,” perhaps that “made him select that hallowed ground for his dwelling”...
Regardless, Isaac's choosing to LIVE at the “Well of the Living One Who Sees Me” makes me ask myself this question: am I choosing to constantly dwell at the Well? That is, am I choosing to live near God? Am I abiding in the One who gives me “water in the wilderness?” Am I living close to the One “who sees me with understanding and compassion,” the One who sustains me and gives me life? I fear we Christians (myself included) often fail to dwell there—we end up paying the “Spring” casual visits—coming to Him in times of need, in times of trouble, with “arrow” prayers...
Holy Spirit: help us Believers to increasingly live in the presence of the Living God. We pray that this day forward we will daily feel the wonderful presence of “the Living One Who Sees Me.” We ask that You help us constantly dwell near this marvelous “SPRING” who delights in us, who comforts us, who never fails us, and who gives us eternal life...
Beloved: though “the bottle of the creature cracks and dries up, the (“Spring”) of the Creator never fails! Happy is he who dwells at the well, and so has abundant and constant supplies at hand!” Our “Spring” (Jesus Christ!) is our “sure helper,” our “All-sufficient,” and our “glorious husband” in whom we “live, move, have our being. Let us, then, DWELL in closest fellowship with Him...dwell by the well of the living God” (Spurgeon)!
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