Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 2, 2022

“the LORD has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 26:18-22.

“Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham;  and he gave them the same names which his father had given them.  But when Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and found there a well of flowing water, the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, “The water is ours!”  So he named the well Esek, because they contended with him.  Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named it Sitnah.  He moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it;  so he named it Rehoboth, for he said, “At last the LORD has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.”  Genesis 26:18-22.


We remember God’s promise to Abraham and his descendants, including Isaac.  In Christ, we too are beneficiaries of this promise.  

“I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you.  I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you.  I will give to you and to your descendants after you, the land of your sojournings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession;  and I will be their God.”  Genesis 17:6-8.

“35 He changes a wilderness into a pool of water
And a dry land into springs of water;
36 And there He makes the hungry to dwell,
So that they may establish an inhabited city,
37 And sow fields and plant vineyards,
And gather a fruitful harvest.
38 Also He blesses them and they multiply greatly,
And He does not let their cattle decrease.” Psalm 107:35-38.

“… so he named it Rehoboth, for he said, “At last the LORD has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.”  Verse 22.

As a quick side note, Rehoboth is a name of a mission in New Mexico originally set up by the Christian Reformed Churches denomination, primarily for the Navajo Indians.  In about the 1950’s, my grandfather Dr. Richard Pousma was a medical missionary there.  Rehoboth is in the wide open west desert country;  a good name for that mission.  Although I do not believe the mission is still associated with the CRC, the mission still has Rehoboth Christian School serving the Navajo Indians and others, worthy of consideration for support.

Wherever we live and serve, we believe “the LORD has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.” 

“And He caused His people to be very fruitful,
And made them stronger than their adversaries.” Psalm 105:24.

“How blessed is everyone who fears the LORD,
Who walks in His ways.
2 When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands,
You will be happy and it will be well with you.
3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
Within your house,
Your children like olive plants
Around your table.
4 Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the LORD.

5 The LORD bless you from Zion,
And may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.
6 Indeed, may you see your children’s children.
Peace be upon Israel!” Psalm chapter 128.

“I am the vine, you are the branches;  he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.  …  If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.  My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.”  John 15:5 and 7-8. 


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