Genesis 26: 26-33: The blessing of God.
“26 Meanwhile, Abimelek had come to him from Gerar, with Ahuzzath his personal advisor and Phicol the commander of his forces. 27 Isaac asked them, ‘Why have you come to me, since you were hostile to me and sent me away?’ 28 They answered, ‘We saw clearly that the Lord was with you; so we said, “There ought to be a sworn agreement between us”– between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the Lord.’ 30 Isaac then made a feast for them, and they ate and drank. 31 Early the next morning the men swore an oath to each other. Then Isaac sent them on their way, and they went away peacefully. 32 That day Isaac’s servants came and told him about the well they had dug. They said, ‘We’ve found water!’ 33 He called it Shibah, and to this day the name of the town has been Beersheba.” NIV UK
As if to confirm God’s word of assurance (24), Abimelech turned up at Isaac’s door seeking to make a peace treaty. When God’s blessing is on a life, it is obvious:
‘’We saw clearly that the LORD was with you…’’ (28).
Tom Hale points out that by seeking a treaty with Isaac, Abimelech sought to share in his blessing. In this way, the promise that Abraham’s offspring would bring blessing to all nations was beginning to be fulfilled (22:18).
You may have people in your world who are opposed to you and your faith; who are difficult with you. Do not under-estimate God’s ability to change their attitude towards you. He can turn enemies into friends. Supremely, He has done this at the Cross, reconciling those who were previously hostile to Him, so that we are now His very own people. Through the Covenant of peace, ratified by Jesus’ blood, all may be saved.
Warren Wiersbe notes that Isaac went the extra mile, and entertained these men at a feast (Romans 12:18-21).