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Great Patience

In Genesis 26, we read about how the servants of Isaac dug wells not once, but three times, all because of disputes regarding wells. The action of filling in a well was considered an act of war. Water was very scarce in the area so water was precious to people.

As we read that this happened not once but three times, we can see great patience demonstrated by Isaac in a time when most would have attacked. He did not go after the herders of Gerar regarding the wells, but continued onward until there was a well dug with no dispute. After the many attempts, this well, Rehoboth, “Now the LORD has given us room and we will flourish in the land,” was a reward of patience.

There are moments when we have people pushing our buttons and it would seem fitting to attack. God wants us to be patient and respond with love.

“Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.” – Psalm 37:7-9 [NLT]

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Handling Disputes

Everyone is different and this can cause many disagreements. We all have varying ideas, a different way of doing things, different beliefs, etc. Disputes pop up and when they do, it is important to not let them create an atmosphere of discord and cause us to react in poor ways. We can learn a lot from how Abraham handled a dispute with Lot.

In Genesis 13, Abraham and Lot’s herders began to fight because the land couldn’t support all of the people, the herds, and the possessions. God had blessed Abraham well, but it ended up resulting in tight living quarters. Abraham took initiative when it came to resolving the dispute with Lot. He did not want any of the fighting to cause problems between them. He gave Lot first choice of land so they could part ways and spread out. In making this offer, Lot could choose the best of the land, meaning that Abraham would suffer some loss.

Sometimes we need to take initiative when it comes to resolving disputes. It may mean that we won’t have the better choice, but it does having promising results. Fighting is not good and it usually results in bringing both parties downward. Acting with humility has great rewards. If you are in the middle of a dispute or argument right now, perhaps today is a good day to act with humility.

“A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” – Proverbs 15:1 [NLT]

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