Genesis 25:11

“Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai-roi.”
— Genesis 25:11

Hagar had once found deliverance there and Ishmael had drank from the
water so graciously revealed by the God who liveth and seeth the sons
of men; but this was a merely casual visit, such as worldlings pay to
the Lord in times of need, when it serves their turn. They cry to him
in trouble, but forsake him in prosperity. Isaac dwelt there, and made
the well of the living and all-seeing God his constant source of
supply. The usual tenor of a man’s life, the dwelling of his soul, is
the true test of his state. Perhaps the providential visitation
experienced by Hagar struck Isaac’s mind, and led him to revere the
place; its mystical name endeared it to him; his frequent musings by
its brim at eventide made him familiar with the well; his meeting
Rebecca there had made his spirit feel at home near the spot; but best
of all, the fact that he there enjoyed fellowship with the living God,
had made him select that hallowed ground for his dwelling. Let us learn
to live in the presence of the living God; let us pray the Holy Spirit
that this day, and every other day, we may feel, “Thou God seest me.”
May the Lord Jehovah be as a well to us, delightful, comforting,
unfailing, springing up unto eternal life. The bottle of the creature
cracks and dries up, but the well of the Creator never fails; happy is
he who dwells at the well, and so has abundant and constant supplies
near at hand. The Lord has been a sure helper to others: his name is
Shaddai, God All-sufficient; our hearts have often had most delightful
intercourse with him; through him our soul has found her glorious
Husband, the Lord Jesus; and in him this day we live, and move, and
have our being; let us, then, dwell in closest fellowship with him.
Glorious Lord, constrain us that we may never leave thee, but dwell by
the well of the living God.

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