By Mary Vee
King Abimelech finished his business for the day. He decided to stroll out on the balcony to get some fresh air.
Workers bustled about doing the Kings business in the courtyard. Further out, servants labored in the fields.
In the far distance he noticed the empty fields where Isaac and his family sowed their seed. "His God blessed him with a great harvest. How could someone gain such wealth in such ashort time? Hmmmmm. I should check on him."
King Abimelech called for Ahuzzath, a trusted friend, and Phichol, the commander of his army.
"Phichol, you recall Isaac and his family?"
"Yes, my Liege. He lived here not too long ago. Gained great wealth from the land."
"Yes, yes. I recall a dispute with the servants."
Phichol cleared his throat. "It seemed, my Liege, there was concern as to the safety of our city. If Isaac continued to grow in wealth, he may have warred with us."
"What do you think, Ahuzzath?"
"My King, you seem concerned about the decision to make Isaac leave. Rest in a wise choice. Gerar has not had disputes since he left."
"What reports do you have on Isaac's response, Phichol?"
"He first moved to the valley, my Liege, but the herdsmen fought him for his new well. He dug a second well and the herdsmen fought him again. He moved about 22 miles away from the city and dug a new well. Seems he's settled there."
"Did Isaac fight back?"
"No, my Liege. He only showed efforts to make peace."
King Abimelech lowered his head. "Just as I thought. His father, Abraham was a kind man as well living peaceably with our people. Prepare for a journey. Both of you will go with me to pay Isaac a visit."
The king, his captain, and friend traveled for a day to Isaac's new home.
Isaac noticed them as they came near his land. Great. What now? Can't they leave us alone?
When the king arrived, Isaac offered the visitors a comfortable place to sit. "Why have you come since you hate me and have sent me away?"
King Abimelech sighed. "We've certainly seen that the Lord is with you. How can we restore your trust? Let's make a promise between you and us that you will do us no harm, since we have not touched you, and since we have done nothing to you but good and have sent you away in peace. You truly are blessed of the Lord."
Isaac looked at the King's eyes. He really looks sorry. A smiled popped on his face. "Would you like something to eat?"
King Abimelech laughed. "I sure would."
Sometimes we want to be mean to people who do cruel things to us. We might remember to be kind the first time they hurt us, but when they do the same thing again it's hard to be nice. Is there someone in your life that God wants you to forgive--again? Has someone said "Sorry" to you when you decided not to fight back?
God loves you. He will bless you when you remember to be kind to those who hurt you.
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