Blessed by the Lord and Left in Peace
“Isaac asked them, ‘Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?’ They answered, ‘We saw clearly that the LORD was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us … just as we did not molest you but always treated you well and sent you away in peace. And now you are blessed by the LORD.’ Isaac then made a feast for them ... the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they left him in peace.” (Genesis 26:27-31, NIV)
This entire chapter holds many valuable lessons about jealousy, envy, conflict, and walking in God’s love and blessings. God blessed Isaac because of the promise He made to his father (Abraham). Others see Isaac’s prosperity, wealth, and success and respond with jealousy and envy. His enemies put dirt in his wells to prevent him from watering his herds. Then tension between Isaac and Abimelech increases to the point where Abimelech confronts Isaac and asks him to leave and live elsewhere.
Later, we see Abimelech approach Isaac and ask for a covenant of peace. Rather than respond in anger or bitterness, Isaac holds a feast. All the men eat and drink and swear an oath of peace. How was Isaac able to put all the harassment, and conflict behind him so easily? The answer is simple and even obvious to his enemies.
The Lord was with him and he was blessed by the Lord.
As Christians, we must resist the urge to walk in our own strength. We must strive to walk in the power of God’s love. When we walk in His love, we can forgive and forget. When we walk in His love, we can sit, eat, and drink with our enemies. When we walk in His love, we are willing to make an oath with our adversaries and live in peace.
Child of God, I encourage you to study and learn from Isaac. Love the Lord and obey Him. Honor Him in all you do, then trust Him to honor you (1 Samuel 2:30). May you be comforted knowing that when God is with you, even your enemies will see it. While they may come against you out of jealousy and envy, when you are blessed by the Lord and walk in the power of His love, you too will live in peace.
Lord, thank You for this lesson on the power of Your presence. Teach me and strengthen me to walk in love and forgiveness with others at all times that I may live in peace. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.