Expanding our patience

When Isaac was in Gerar, he gained many possessions, and the Philistines envied him. Abimelech, king of the Philistines, ordered him to leave. Isaac moved to the valley and began to re-dig his father Abraham's old wells, which had been filled with earth.

When Isaac's men found water, the local herdsmen strove with them. Isaac, being a peaceful man, sought out another location and dug a well. The herdsmen strove for that well also. Isaac must have expanded his patience, for again he moved and dug still another well. This time there was no strife. Isaac's tolerance blessed many, even the herdsmen who had envied and struggled with him. For all had water. See Gen. 26:12-22;

In times of trouble, we too may need to increase our fortitude. We may need to respond to a situation with an active step, without knowing where it will lead or what will be required of us next. How can we expand our patience and move on to new wells of inspiration and healing?

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