There is a brief story in Genesis about Isaac’s herdsman digging wells. The first two wells strike water and meet with resistance from other herdsmen. Instead of fighting over water, Isaac’s group moves to the next site and strikes water again. After the first two wells are given to other groups, they finally strike water; this time they are able to use the well. Then they strike water again, so after giving two wells away they have two wells to use. The interesting part of the story is the day that Abimelech and his advisor Ahuzzath and his army commander Phicol (Genesis 26:26f) come to meet Isaac. Isaac is not amused, claiming that Abimelech hates him because Isaac was kicked off the land. Yet, these men have come to Isaac to enter into a covenant with him, a treaty… And why is this? Verse 28 reads, “We can plainly see that the Lord is with you…”
In this Old Testament story, Isaac’s trust in God could be plainly seen by the way Isaac’s group behaved and in the way they were resolute in building wells.
In the book of Matthew, Jesus climbs into a boat and went back across the lake to his home town in 9:1. There is a group of people who meet Jesus with a paralyzed man on a mat, obviously carried to Jesus for healing. Matthew records Jesus’ reaction to this situation, “Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, ‘Be Encouraged, my child! Your sins are forgiven.’” Later in the story, Jesus heals the man and he can walk home.
In this New Testament story, Jesus saw the faith of the people through their determination to carry their friend to Jesus.
Is there a contemporary story from our lives, in which our faith and trust in God is made known to others because it causes us to be more resolute, or causes us to behave differently than expected?
Oh, that Jesus and the world around us would take notice of our faith…
I want to share thoughts, insights, and scriptures that lead us in the direction of Christ.