Genesis 26: 19-22: Water wars.
“19 Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. 20 But the herdsmen of Gerar quarrelled with those of Isaac and said, ‘The water is ours!’ So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. 21 Then they dug another well, but they quarrelled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. 22 He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarrelled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, ‘Now the Lordhas given us room and we will flourish in the land.’” NIV UK
Some years ago, a man I knew began to market a car cleaning product, designed to use less water than normal. He told me, in an extensive sales-pitch, that the next world war would be fought over water. I’ve heard that same scenario articulated more than once, by different people, through the years since then. It’s not difficult to imagine that in a hot, dry, dusty climate, people will quarrel over water. It’s such a precious resource. It is life. Often, we only come to feel its real value when it is in short supply.
What I love in this story is the picture of Isaac moving to a place beyond quarrelling. Obviously, that was a setting where he and his community could flourish, and live in peace. I believe there is an example for us all here: to aim to live beyond quarrelling.
‘’He will not quarrel or cry out…’’ Matthew 12:19a
What is good enough for Jesus should be good enough for us. Living in Him, He makes it possible for us to live like Him. What a glorious thought