Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Lord is with You


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Then he went up from there to Beersheba. 24 And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.” 25 So he built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD, and he pitched his tent there; and there Isaac’s servants dug a well.
26 Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath, one of his friends, and Phichol the commander of his army. 27 And Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?”
28 But they said, “We have certainly seen that the LORD is with you. So we said, ‘Let there now be an oath between us, between you and us; and let us make a covenant with you, 29 that you will do us no harm, since we have not touched you, and since we have done nothing to you but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the LORD.’”
30 So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31 Then they arose early in the morning and swore an oath with one another; and Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace.
(Genesis 26:23-31, New King James Version)

The Lord is with You

And the LORD appeared to him the same night and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham; do not fear, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for My servant Abraham’s sake.”

Previously in Genesis we note a conflict between Abimelech and Isaac, which was exacerbated when disputing occurred over the ownership of wells dug by Isaac. You can imagine Isaac's uneasiness, then, when Abimelech rode into Isaac's camp with the commander of his army.

And Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?”

He was certainly not expecting the answer he received!

But they said, “We have certainly seen that the LORD is with you. So we said, ‘Let there now be an oath between us, between you and us; and let us make a covenant with you, that you will do us no harm, since we have not touched you, and since we have done nothing to you but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the LORD.’”

We know that God promised to bless Isaac just as He blessed his father, Abraham. The interesting thing to note is that the blessing of God upon Isaac was plainly evident to his enemies. In fact, it was so evident that they could hardly get to Isaac fast enough with terms for a covenant of peace.

The true heart of the Christian life is, by the grace of God, living every moment of every day for the Lord. As God takes complete control of our lives, His blessings upon us are plainly evident to those around us. Unfortunately, many Christians are content with a quasi-Christian life. They are content to claim the promises of God without seeking a change in their own personal lives.

How does God respond to this? We know from our Old Testament readings that God does not think kindly of sin in any form, especially the sins of His own people. Though He was certainly long suffering with the children of Israel, a time of severe judgment did come upon them.

We must pray for a desire to be more and more like Christ. That will necessarily bring great changes in our attitudes, our outlooks on life, and our goals for the future. Like Isaac, as God brings peace into our hearts and lives, the changes will be evident to those around us.

Peace and goodwill to all men begins in the hearts of Christians!

God Bless You,
Linda

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