Genesis 26 records an interesting story that teaches a valuable lesson. Isaac has become a very prominent man. He is the recipient of all of his father’s wealth and is looking for a place to settle along with his new bride. Along with land, a person needed water for his herds and his family. Wells were considerably valuable assets. Most wells and the surrounding land were named and kept in the family for generations. The Scripture tells us that Abraham had owned a number of wells and that at some point the Philistines had filled them in with dirt and debris. Isaac discovered that it had been filled in and abandoned and began to clean it out for access to water (read verses 15-22). Verse 20 tells us that there is division and strife with the herdsmen of Gerar over the well. They claim that the well belongs to them. Mind you that Isaac and his men have reopened the well with much effort. Rather than dispute over a property, Isaac and his men leave and find yet another deserted well and begin to do as they did before. I am sure the process was arduous and time consuming, but they cleaned out yet another well. Verse 21 tells us that the same thing happens again. Someone else says, “That well is ours.” All of that effort for nothing. What does Isaac do? Nothing. He moves his men to yet another location in search for water. It is interesting that Isaac could have disputed over their claim. He could have allowed it to become an issue for which he would have fought to claim it. Instead, he and his men moved on deciding that peace was more important.

Now, I would not recommend your doing this with every situation in life, but the principle is that not everything is worth a fight. Not every conflict has to result in a battle. Some issues are better with our walking away rather than standing our ground. Pick your battles. If it’s truly important, continue to dig the well. If not, find another hole to dig.