Monday, December 23, 2013

Room enough

Love the LORD, all you who worship him; the LORD protects the faithful, but repays to the full those who act haughtily. Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD. Psalm 31:23-24

Isaac’s servants dug a well in the valley, from which a spring of water flowed.  But the herdsmen of Gerar argued with them and said, “This water is ours.” So Isaac named that well Argue because they argued with him.  Then his servants dug another well. When the people also argued about it, Isaac named that well Fight. He moved from there and dug another well. No one argued about this one, so he named it Room Enough. Isaac said, “Now the Lord has made room for us, and we will be successful in this land.” Genesis 26:19-22

Sometimes it’s hard to see the Patriarchs obeying the LORD’s commands and teachings. But Isaac is very impressive in his dealings with the people of the land. He walked away from Argue and he walked away from Fight. Slow to take offence. Slow to draw his sword, even if he was in the right. Quick to trust in the LORD to provide.

And in the end, this was his testimony to the world. And the Philistines, our secret code word for vulgar and ignorant heathens, recognized that the Lord was with him. As well as left him in peace. And the LORD blessed him.

Which are all good things.

So let me live today likewise slow to take offense. Because the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God.