Isaac inherited his father’s promise of abundance and blessing. He settled in Gerar where Abimelec was King and Isaac found favour and prospered in the land. “and the man became rich, and gained more and more until he became very wealthy” (Genesis 26:13). The Philistines became envious of Isaac because of how he prospered. Abimelec told Isaac to go away from among his people because Isaac seemed mightier than they.
Isaac moved away and dug wells to sustain his family and livestock. Each time Isaac dug a well, the men of Gerar would quarrel with Isaac’s labourers and say that the well belonged to them. Isaac did not fight back but would move away to another place and dug another well. It finally came to a point when Isaac dug a well where the men did not contend with him. At this point Isaac concluded that God had made room for him to prosper and be fruitful.
Eventually Abimelec made an oath with Isaac which stated that they would no longer contend with each other. Abimelec said to Isaac, “We see plainly that the Lord has been with you” (Genesis 26:28).
There are seasons when we have experienced what felt like many delays and setbacks. The enemy cannot contend with us continually and I believe that in this season, God has made room for us to be fruitful and prosperous. The favour of God will be so evident and abundant in our lives that people who were once against us will want to endorse us.
“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him” (Proverbs 16:7).