Then Abimelech went to him from Gerar, and Ahuzzath his friend, and Phicol the captain of his army. Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, since you hate me, and have sent me away from you?”
They said, “We saw plainly that Yahweh was with you. We said, ‘Let there now be an oath between us, even between us and you, and let us make a covenant with you, that you will do us no harm, as we have not touched you, and as we have done to you nothing but good, and have sent you away in peace.’ You are now the blessed of Yahweh.”
He made them a feast, and they ate and drank. They rose up some time in the morning, and swore one to another. Isaac sent them away, and they departed from him in peace. It happened the same day, that Isaac’s servants came, and told him concerning the well which they had dug, and said to him, “We have found water.” He called it Shibah. Therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.
Abimelech’s envy turned into fear at some point as he witnessed God’s blessing. What a wonderful way to win against your enemies. Isaac just God richer and richer and it ended up bothering his enemies so much that they begged him not to fight them. They could see that God was the one behind it. God has the power to win over our enemies without a fight if He wants to. We really don’t need to fear when God is in charge of our lives. Sometimes, God will call us into a battle. Sometimes He makes the battle dissolve. No matter what happens, we should trust in God and know that He knows what is best for us at the time.
Even though the herdsmen of the area had been fighting against Isaac, he overlooked the problem and did whatever he could to make peace with those around him. Notice that God blessed Isaac simply because of the promise He had made to Abraham. He didn’t say that He blessed him because of his peaceful living, although we know that God likes that. God’s word is the foundation for His action. It is so important for us to recognize this. Isaac never had anything to fear because God had promised to help him and that was all that was required.