When People Create Problems, God Is Bigger Then Your Problem People.

(Genesis 26:15-25) So all the wells that his father’s servants had dug in the time of his father Abraham, the Philistines stopped up, filling them with earth. Then Abimelek said to Isaac, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us.” So Isaac moved away from there and encamped in the Valley of Gerar, where he settled. Isaac reopened the wells that had been dug in the time of his father Abraham, which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham died, and he gave them the same names his father had given them. Isaac’s servants dug in the valley and discovered a well of fresh water there. But the herders of Gerar quarreled with those of Isaac and said, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they disputed with him. Then they dug another well, but they quarreled over that one also; so he named it Sitnah. He moved on from there and dug another well, and no one quarreled over it. He named it Rehoboth, saying, “Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.” From there he went up to Beersheba. That night the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.” Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.

These onry Philistines were not happy about Isaac, they most likely both feared and envied him so they tried to ruin his efforts to just succeed even though he was not the one starting quarels with them. As the quote goes, "Bloom where your planted" that is unless the Lord in His sovereingnty uses even difficult people to redirect us to better soils. For me in my life this is a challenge because it feels that there are people who to would not want me to enjoy the things or blessings I have so from a personal standpoint this passage resignated with me when I read it. It was encouraging because of the conclusion where finally Isaac found the place "Rehoboth" and he named it that and said, "Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land.”

See "The Lord has given" and he did not say "The people stopped harrasing my efforts" but he said "Now the Lord has given us room and we will flourish in the land"

God was credited for the peace and safety he now enjoyed and he did not have to fight these folks for it, he saw even their annoying interference as a way God's divine hand led him. God cannot be blamed for people's sin as James 1 tells us, yet he can use even the negative choices of ungodly people and even fellow believers who fall to sovereingnly "Work all things together for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28)

Then the verse after this is, "For those he foreknew, he predestined to be conformed into the image of his Son" (Romans 8:29)

God will use many shaping tools, from trying circumstances to difficult people, and he is not caught of guard by schemes of people who are trying to throw a wrench in our lives whether they do so intentionally or inadvertently, God still can bless us and use these things to perfect us and mold us and later on bless us more then we thought possible when we trust him enough not to lose our bearings over these setbacks, roadblocks or people he may indeed use without their knowlege even as sanders and chisels.


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