Misunderstandings between family members, colleagues and co-workers are quite common. Such misunderstandings do not not always lead to serious conflicts but often create tension in relationships. When two people have misunderstandings a cold war breaks out between them and they literally try to avoid each other. But as Christians it is very important for us to live in peace with everyone. The writer of Hebrews says,
“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy, without holiness no one will see the Lord”
Our thought for reflection this Thursday morning is, “Our God Helps Us to Make Peace with Those Who are Against Us, When He is Pleased with Our Ways”
“Meanwhile, Abimelech had come to him (Isaac) from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal adviser and Phicol the commander of his forces. Isaac asked them, “Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away”
It is very surprising to find Abimelech, king of the Philistines, who earlier, angrily sent away Isaac, forced to make peace with Isaac. This is definitely God’s doing. Genesis chapter 26 suggests two reasons for this sudden interest of Abimelech to make peace with Isaac.
1. Abimelech saw that God was with Isaac.
Earlier, King Abimelech saw Isaac as a rival and as a foreigner who was robbing the lands and wells of the people of Philistines. But later when King Abimelech saw Isaac being successful in digging new wells for himself wherever he went, and being successful, He realized that He enjoyed an unusual divine favour.
The King and his officials said to Isaac, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you, so we said, ‘Let us make a treaty with you’
Thus it was when Abimelech recognized that God was with Isaac that he came to make peace with him. Can those around us especially those who have misunderstandings with us, see that God is with us?
2. Abimelech saw that God blessed Isaac (26:29).
Abimelech realized that Isaac’s success in digging his own wells was not just the result of his hard work but divine blessing. Thus he openly confessed to Isaac this way;
“And now you are blessed by the Lord”
In Genesis 21:22, when King Abimelech recognized that God was with Abraham and blessed him, he made peace with him. In the same way when King Abimelech saw that God blessed Isaac, he came to make peace with him. Are those who are against us or those who have misunderstandings with us, able to see that God is blessing us and everything that we are doing?
King Solomon said in Proverbs:
“When the LORD takes pleasure in anyone's way, he causes their enemies to make peace with them”
Are we sure that God is happy with our ways? Can we be sure that God is with us and His divine favour and blessings are upon us to the extent that even those who are against us can see? Let’s pray.
“Dear Lord, help me to live in such a way that those who have misunderstandings with me, can see that you are with me. I confess that without you being with me and you blessing me, I cannot be successful in my life. Give me the grace to make peace with everyone including those who are against me. Let my ways be always pleasing unto you. In Jesus’ name,... Amen!”