Abraham was finally settled in the land. It was not turned over to him yet, but, he was finally settled. Life, since Haran, had been turbulent–but now, with Isaac in his arms and God’s continued blessing on his journey, Abraham planted a Tamarisk tree, made a treaty and settled in for the long haul. The most amazing part of the story of Abraham–was that he remained content–whatever circumstance he found himself in. Whether in Haran, Egypt, Beersheba or somewhere in between–he continued to trust God and God continued to meet Abraham’s needs and fulfill his covenant with Abraham.
In our lives, we, like Abraham, have to trust God. We have to play the long game, and understand that the Father’s work continues until we are called home. The difficult reality is that unless we are content in all circumstances, we will not be content in any. So when like Abraham, we have to settle in for a portion–our focus remains on him and his plan–not on the circumstances we face. It is the hardest challenge we, as his chosen, face every day. It requires his divine intervention to release us from the chains of our culture, its stuff and its desires. Only when we are free from the stuff–can we truly enjoy what he provides. Help me, Lord to be content in the place where you have me!
God Bless You
The Treaty at Beersheba
22 At that time Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces said to Abraham, “God is with you in everything you do. 23 Now swear to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants. Show to me and the country where you now reside as a foreigner the same kindness I have shown to you.”
24 Abraham said, “I swear it.”
25 Then Abraham complained to Abimelek about a well of water that Abimelek’s servants had seized. 26 But Abimelek said, “I don’t know who has done this. You did not tell me, and I heard about it only today.”
27 So Abraham brought sheep and cattle and gave them to Abimelek, and the two men made a treaty. 28 Abraham set apart seven ewe lambs from the flock, 29 and Abimelek asked Abraham, “What is the meaning of these seven ewe lambs you have set apart by themselves?”
30 He replied, “Accept these seven lambs from my hand as a witness that I dug this well.”
31 So that place was called Beersheba,[d] because the two men swore an oath there.
32 After the treaty had been made at Beersheba, Abimelek and Phicol the commander of his forces returned to the land of the Philistines. 33 Abraham planted a tamarisk tree in Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the Lord, the Eternal God. 34 And Abraham stayed in the land of the Philistines for a long time.
a nation also, because he is your offspring.”