Morning, February 17, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Isaac lived by Beer-lahai-roi.” — Genesis 25:11
Hagar had once found deliverance; there and Ishmael had drunk from the water so graciously revealed by the God who lives and sees the sons of men; but this was a merely casual visit, such as the worldly-minded 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 bank at evening 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 holy ground for his dwelling. Let us learn to live in the presence of the living God; let us pray to the Holy Spirit that this day, and every other day, we may feel, “You, God, see me.” May the Lord Jehovah be like a well to us, delightful, comforting, unfailing, springing up to eternal life. The bottle of man’s design cracks and dries up, but the well of the Creator never fails; he is happy 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, All-sufficient God; our hearts have often had most delightful communion 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, impel us that we may never leave you, but dwell by the well of the living God.