JEALOUSY AND ENVY OVER ISAAC’S BLESSINGS
Genesis 26:14-22 reads thus “For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants, and the Philistines envied him. For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth. And Abimelech said unto Isaac, Go from us for thou art much mightier than we. And Isaac departed thence, and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar, and dwelt there. And Isaac digged again the wells of water, which they had digged in the days of Abraham his father; for the Philistines had stopped them after the death of Abraham, and he called their names by which his father had called them. And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley , and found there a well of springing water. And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen, saying, The water is ours, and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him. And they digged another well, and strove for that also, and he called the name of it Sitnah. And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not, and he called the name of it Rehoboth, and he said, For now the LORD hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land.”
The story of Isaac and the Philistines reminds me of the word of God in Genesis 6:5-6 which says “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” Just because the LORD had blessed him and made him very great among them, the king himself sent him out of Gerar because of this. After he departed,and pitched his tent in the valley of Gerar the well that was needed to water the flock and their crops was stopped by filling it with earth. He digged another one, they took it from him (Esek), and did another one again, they took it from him (Sitnah), and another one which they now let go for him (Rehoboth). Isaac was indeed a man who knew how to allow God to fight his battle. He did everything he could to live in peace among the Philistines who showed their hatred for him by stopping the well, and taking over what belonged to him. He knew they were jealous of what God had done for him, and therefore he did not allow all their wickedness to affect him. He was not bitter against them but simply let go and moved away until they too got tired of fighting with him.
This is a great lesson for us all As long as God is on our side we do not have to fight our battle ourselves. Fighting to defend ourselves or to revenge of the evil the wicked people have done has caused more war than peace. Unfortunately people that are wicked have no excuse for being wicked. They hate you not because you did anything wrong but because they want what you have, or want to be like you. Imagine the man in Connecticut that went to his mother’s school to kill her and then kill many children and teachers who did not wrong him. So many lives have been lost because of outrage of one individual over his family, or schoolmates or over the society, or over religion. God is not happy with all the bloodshed of innocent people that we hear about every day. Why can’t we live together in peace? The answer to this question is mainly because the Prince of Peace (our Lord Jesus Christ) is not totally in charge of our lives. If we allow him to take total charge of our lives, it will be easy for us to hand over all our problems to Him to handle, and we will be able to “follow peace with all men” as in Hebrew 12:14. The LORD is also a man of war, and He is the judge of the whole earth. He says,”vengeance is mine, and I will repay”. He knows how to dispense the right judgment at the right time, We will see other examples as we continue to devote our times to studying the Word. The LORD will see us through and give us more understanding as we continue to be faithful to His Word.
Therefore brothers and sisters, let us commit our lives completely to God, and pray for guidance daily as we journey through this year so that we can have enjoyable and peaceful life that He promised us. The LORD will bless us mightily and protect us from all evils in Jesus name, Amen. Remain blessed