February 4, 2019

RECONCILIATION BETWEEN ISAAC AND THE PHILISTINES

After Isaac had digged another well and the Philistines strove not with him anymore, the Bible says “he went to settle in Beersheba. And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father; fear not, for I am with thee and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake. And he built an altar there, and called upon the name of the LORD, and pitched his tent there, and there Isaac’s servants digged a well. Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath one of his friends, and Phichol, the chief captain of his army. And Isaac said unto them, Wherefore come ye to me, seeing ye hate me, and have sent me away from you? And they said, We saw certainly that the LORD was with thee, and we said, Let there be now an oath betwixt us, even betwixt us and thee, and let make a covenant with thee . That thou will do us no hurt, as we have not touched thee, as we have done unto thee nothing but good, and have sent thee away in peace, thou art now the blessed of the LORD. And he made them a feast, and they did eat and drink. And they rose up betimes in the morning, and sware one to another, and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.” (Genesis 26:24-31).

The LORD was surely with Isaac, and because he handled the rift between him and the Philistines in a godly way, the LORD was happy with him and appeared to him to assure him that He was with him and that the promise of God to Abraham will be fulfilled through him. Do we now see that we need to seek God’s presence at all times because when God is with us nobody can be against us. Abimelech came back looking for Isaac so that they can reconcile.together. He and his friend and the chief captain of the army came to ask for peace to reign between them because they could see that the LORD was with him and there was nothing they did to him that affected him. Every where he went he was digging well and water was made available to him. Generally, God made life easy for him, because he was obedient to the will of God. They now realized that fighting Isaac is like fighting God, so the best thing they could do was to seek his favor because they were not sure of what he could do to them. They decided to make a covenant with him and swear that he would not hurt them  Isaac agreed and made them a feast and sent them away in peace.

God wants his children to behave differently from the way the people of the world behave. Romans 12:2 says “And be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.”  We are supposed to reflect the image of God wherever we find ourselves. Isaac’s behavior exemplified what every child of God should do when faced with some challenges that are typical of worldly behavior. Proverbs 16:7 says, “When a man’s ways please the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”  We should remember that the heart of man is desperately wicked and so if they now turn around and do good, we should thank God and if they show their wickedness, we should not be bitter about it but rather be patient with them like Isaac did, and pray for them. This attitude will help us to pursue peace with all men, and we will be able to receive more blessing from the LORD. I pray that the LORD will add “Patience” to the virtue we have and also help us to pray continuously for those who are yet to be broken and molded to the right attitude to life.  May the LORD continue to give us more grace to do His will in Jesus Name, Amen. Remain Blessed.

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