I was reading a passage in the Bible about a chap called Isaac recently. A refugee in a land not his own. He was having a few problems with his neighbours because he was successful and they didn’t like it.
To water his flocks he starting trying to dig out old wells excavated by his Father, Abraham, but this was opposed. So he dug new wells and this was opposed too. Finally, on the third well he was successful and he was able to live successfully and expand where he lived. He then built an altar of thanks after he experienced the reality of God promising to be with Him.
I was struck by a number of things. There are some things we can’t survive without physically, especially water. Jesus called himself the living water. What is essential to you?
Secondly, Isaac was opposed at every turn and his success seen as a threat. Often, success doesn’t come easy and we have to try different routes to progress. But he didn’t give up.
Thirdly, remembrance is powerful. It points us to when something important happened and also helps us look ahead. For Isaac it memorialised that the God who had been faithful to his Father had been so to him also and it gave him an anchor to move forward.
Afghanistan 🇦🇫 is Number 1 on the Open Doors World Watch list. Zabi and her family have faced terrible opposition. She is now a refugee. She needs us to stand with her.