Re-digging wells

Abraham was a man of the altar, Jacob of tents but Isaac of wells. “Now Isaac came from the way of Beer Lahai Roi, for he dwelt in the South.”[Genesis 24:62]   Abraham made a point of living in sacrifice.  Jacob held things lightly, ready to move (from his brother), whereas Isaac valued the need for continually drawing life-giving water.   After his resurrection from the altar of offering (Genesis 22) where God became “The God who is there” Isaac dwelt by the well of Beer Lahai-Roi.  Whenever there is a cross there is a well of spring water to follow.
Jesus went through Calvary to Pentecost.

Beer Lahai-Roi was an in-between place – Kadesh and Bered. No matter where we are in the no man’s land of uncertainty, providing there is a well, all will be well.   There are several people reading this who face uncertainty, and are experiencing a life in the middle lands of nothingness. The twilight of uncertainty is made allowable by the fresh water of promise. Learn to live by wells, they will refresh in the dust storms of life.  Recognise the seasons and plan for the future. When the river runs in flood dig a well and wait.

Isaac leftBeer Lahai-Roi and moved to Gerar because there was a famine.   God appeared to him and promised to bless him there. It is essential that we have godly revelation to guide us in our journeying and our sojourning. Life should be based on divine disclosure.It cannot be otherwise. Isaac knew that his father Abraham had dug wells in that land, and as he moved he assumed that there would be a supply in the famine. The wells of his father speak of past water holes of promise. Each church generation has opened wells, so that those following can refresh themselves.

Always ensure that you get divine revelation in life, there can be no greater under-girding to our peace.  Often when I return from some glorious holiday spot and approach London and witness the traffic congestion, crowded streets, high level of pollution and exalted house prices I grumble at the prospect of such an environment, but the call of God transforms the grot into the glory.  God speaks and we receive divine revelation. We now have a well in Harrow. By God’s grace it has been and those who come next will be blest by that artisan supply.

We can face anything if we know that God is pleased with our decision.  “Then the LORD appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you.”[Genesis 26:2]   The thought of going to Egypt had obviously crossed Isaac’s mind, or else God would not have commanded him not to.  Egypt is a symbol of Israel’s captivity and constant allurement, yet a source of continual temptation. It typifies the teaching of Israel’s determination to cling to the old and familiar rather than walk with God in the invisible realms of prospect.  God’s unknown will always be better than the world’s immediate satisfaction.   Abraham went there in a famine, and finished up with a bad testimony. [Genesis 12:10ff.] Once we are in Egypt we can sacrifice our integrity and compromise truth. We either deceive ourselves or others, or both.

It is only grace that keeps us, and grace is unmerited favour. King Abimelech rewarded him for his lack of integrity and he entered a new phase of his life, a life of prosperity. Grace has as its foundation that which allows and encourages us to build a greater trust and a deeper faith. When God enters and grace follows we are humbled into service, because we don’t deserve his mercy.

There may be times when we may not have acted with integrity but He blesses us anyhow.   God is always the first to initiate reconciliation and rewards us when we don’t deserve it.  What he did at salvation he continues in life.  This does not mean we should walk in sin to challenge God to extend mercy, but if we do fall into error, He is swift to reconcile.

Things of the Spirit

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”[Gal 5:25].

If we are saved we should not live as the unsaved, if we are now regenerate we must not live as the unregenerate. In other words a prince should not live as a pauper. It therefore seems more than reasonable that those who claim the name of sons of God should both live and walk in the Spirit.

Is this command a mere doctrine that receives our nod of agreement, but nothing more? Is this injunction ice cold or has it warmth that excites the soul? For instance we are clearly elected and saved by grace, but it doesn’t seem to bother us at all, so how about this command “let us also walk in the Spirit” for it is a daily response to God. Has it any further meaning than mental acquiescence?

To live in the Spirit

Many Christians believe that this phrase is simply another expression for commitment, but this kind of commitment is embraced by so few who profess the name of Christ. Those who do are often counted as fanatics with an unbounded zeal that embarrasses the casual status quo. To others it may be counted as mere extravagance and to be normal is the sensible and restrained thing to do. Some are of the opinion that the command is only for apostles who seem to have a special or unique relationship with God, and while we shun evil and live good lives, that is all we need to do. But we cannot have God and not the Spirit, they are interdependent.

This means we have communion with God through the Spirit and that communion is not a schedule of lifestyle enforcements, but a unique interdependence with the divine.  There are those who profess the faith and have a daily work-out plan; their keep-fit, to-do list of spiritual exercises. These are the ones who have a misty understanding of religious matters believing that it is duty and tradition whereas it is a love enfoldment in the garden of myrrh [Song 4:14].

If we are to have blissful eternal communion in ages to come, what of that tryst now, what time is spent is time for eternity? The touch of reality is multiplied by the day, if it is by seven it is a week, if by thirty then a month of minutes, hours, days spent walking with God, which is living in the Spirit.

This is the most susceptible of actions, for almost anything and everything will conspire to steal the time-dedicated will to walk in the Spirit.  Even as the barometer is affected by changing pressure, so our life also, and if our time of communion is depleted with God it cannot only be felt but externally observed.  Living in the Spirit is susceptible to so many vagrant things.

To live evenly in the Spirit has limitations, for we are often subject to uneasiness and distraction that interferes and interrupts our diligent devotion.  Those who know and experience this also know that they derive their life and influences from him who they love, and therefore know before anyone else what is happening in their life. “In him we live, and move, and have our being,” [Acts 17:28] this is what living in the Spirit really is. Ask yourself if you can refer all your actions and decisions in life to the work of the Spirit or not. In other words would he own or acknowledge who we are and what we do is from him? A salutary thought. This is what new life in the Spirit is. It is observable and optimistic; it comes with positive contributions to life. You can see the Spring, it is undeniable, and so is life in the Spirit.

To Walk in the Spirit

To walk in the Spirit is nothing less than to walk like Jesus; walking unworldly, unselfishly, and having an unavoidable reach for God. It is to be separated, self-denying, single-minded and spontaneously motivated for good. It is to be loving, liberated and lastingly devoted to the principles of salvation. It means to walk in a power and presence derived from heaven, to propagate the purpose of an eternal heart, to prosper those around you with the ethics of eternity.

The magnificent seven of Acts 6:3 served tables, swept up the rubbish and walked in the Spirit. The disciples waited on the multitude, gave out sardines and biscuits and walked in the Spirit. Paul making tents was walking in the Spirit. Mundane actions are ennobled by the Spirit. Doing the ordinary in an extraordinary manner is what walking in the Spirit is all about.  Someone said: “dare to be remarkable,” but you cannot without the Spirit.