“And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever.” Isa. 32:17.
Isaac had received a perfect training in his home, and so he respected both the father’s judgment and religion. He was submissive to his God, and full of faith. Knowing that God’s way was for his best interest, he resolved that it would be better to die than to disobey either God or his father.
“Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him. And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possession of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him. For all the wells which his father’s servants had digged in the days of Abraham his father, the Philistines had stopped them, and filled them with earth.” Gen. 26:12-15.
“And Isaac’s servants digged in the valley, and found there a well of springing water. And the herdmen of Gerar did strive with Isaac’s herdmen, saying, the water is ours: and he called the name of the well Esek; because they strove with him.” Gen. 26:19, 20.
As it is written, “a wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.” Prov. 15:18.
“And they digged another well, and strove for that also: and he called the name of it Sitnah. And he removed from thence, and digged another well; and for that they strove not: and he called the name of it Rehoboth; and he said, for now the Lord hath made room for us, and we shall be fruitful in the land…. And the Lord appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for My servant Abraham’s sake.” Gen. 26:21-24.
What a noble example is the life of Isaac for us to emulate! His life epitomized the words, “Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Matt. 5:8-9.
Abraham’s habitual faith in God and submission to His will were reflected in the character of Isaac… he was gentle and yielding in disposition.
All who receive Christ as a personal Saviour are to demonstrate the truth of the gospel and its saving power upon the life. God makes no requirement without making provision for its fulfillment. Through the grace of Christ we may accomplish everything that God requires….
2TG No 40:28-29, CC 57.2, COL 301.2