“If my neighbor blows his grass clippings in our yard one more time, I’m going to let him have it!”
“That restaurant drive-through never gets our order right! If it’s wrong again today, I’m going to give them a piece of my mind!”
“My sister-in-law gets on my last nerve criticising my son! So help me, the next time she says something, I’m to give her what she has coming.”
We all experience people situations that can “push our buttons” to the max! How are we to handle these kinds of trials that make us think we’re going to lose it?
Genesis 26 gives us a great example. This truth was shared with us some years ago at our ladies’ retreat at our church and I was reminded of it when I read this chapter recently. Abraham was forced to move to the Valley of Gerar, away from Abimilech. The Philistine’s had come along and stopped up their wells! So Abraham’s herdmen moved and dug another well for Abraham’s family and livestock. However, the herdmen of Gerar strove with them. Verse 20 says, “And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen, saying, The water is ours…” Was it theirs? No! But what did Abraham’s servants do? They dug another well! This did not stop the problems with the herdmen of Gerar, though, for in verse 21 we read, “And they digged another well, and strove for that also…” Again, Abraham and his herdmen left and simply dug another well! What would you have done after digging a well four times?!
Matthew Henry says, “Those that seek peace will eventually find peace.” Instead of standing up for “their rights” they chose to remove themselves from the strife and be peaceable. Sometimes it’s best to just dig another well, rather than destroy our testimony in a desire to fight for what we think is rightfully ours.
Do you need to dig another well to keep peace – and your testimony? Follow Abraham’s example and get out the shovel instead of your soap box.