It has to be one of the greatest compliments a follower of Jehovah could hope to hear. Abimelech and his men gave such a compliment to Isaac: “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you.” Wow! The king of the Philistines recognized a believer when he saw one. Or did he? How did Isaac lead the king to believe this? Well, it certainly was not perfection in Isaac’s life that caused the king to see God. Isaac let a little back rub fix that perception. If it wasn't a perfect life, then what was it that allowed God to be seen in this believer’s life?
First, Isaac was not afraid to own up to mistakes he made. In this case, it was a lie he told. He just flat out said why he did what he did and made no more excuses about it. Second, Isaac chose not to argue. He had plenty of opportunities to voice his opinion. He was told to move out of his home and later to move away from two wells he had dug. Did he just vent it all on those calling the shots? No, he pulled up his tent and moved on. Third, he called on the name of the Lord. He could have invited all of his friends and herdsmen and threw a pity-party, but he saw the time better spent in praise and prayer. Fourth, Isaac ate with those who wronged him. When the door-bell rang, he could have just cracked open the front flap and shook hands with Abimelech. Instead, he invited the king to come in, eat, and watch the game with him.
Isaac teaches us how to show God is with us. It is not a perfect life that does it. Instead, it is the ability to own up to what makes us imperfect. It is also biting our tongue, praising God, and forgiving and eating with our enemies. Thanks for the example, Isaac!