When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
We all have enemies, some we know, some we don’t know. The Israelites had the Jebusites, Amalekites, Philistines, Midianites among others (we like to code them as ites and sites). Some are still fighting them until today. Joseph had his brothers, for David it was Saul and his son Absalom.
We all love peace and would not want to be in constant warfare. The bible says God gave certain men peace for the later part of their lives like Joshua, David, Asa and Solomon. They fought battles until God gave them rest.
The scripture above (prov 16:7) talks of peace with our enemies. God makes even our enemies to be at peace with us. He makes them to look for us to ask for peace if we choose to please Him.
Genesis 26:28 – 29
They answered, “We saw clearly that the Lord was with you; so we said, ‘There ought to be a sworn agreement between us’—between us and you. Let us make a treaty with you that you will do us no harm, just as we did not harm you but always treated you well and sent you away peacefully. And now you are blessed by the Lord.”
God asked Isaac to remain in Gerar during a famine in Genesis 26 and he obeyed. The bible says he planted during the famine and got a great yield. He had many crops, herds of livestock and many servants. The bible says he grew so wealthy that the men of Gerar were jealous of him. King Abimelek told him, “Move away from us; you have become too powerful for us”. Isaac moved from there and encamped in the valley of Gerar. When his servants dug two wells the men of Gerar contended for them, he left and dug a third one, this time nobody fought for it and he called it Rehoboth. God appeared to him after he had built an altar to Him and assured him of His blessings. The bible says, King Abimelek went to look for him in verse 28 above and asked him to make a treaty with them. The same king who had sent him away came to seek peace with him. To make it juicier a written agreement (treaty); for evidence and for posterity.
What a faithful God we serve! Endeavor to please God and you will not believe it. Your enemies will seek peace with you.
That’s what Rahab did.
Joshua 2:8 – 13
Before the spies lay down for the night, she went up on the roof and said to them, “I know that the Lord has given you this land and that a great fear of you has fallen on us, so that all who live in this country are melting in fear because of you. We have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to Sihon and Og, the two kings of the Amorites east of the Jordan, whom you completely destroyed. When we heard of it, our hearts melted in fear and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.
“Now then, please swear to me by the Lord that you will show kindness to my family, because I have shown kindness to you. Give me a sure sign that you will spare the lives of my father and mother, my brothers and sisters, and all who belong to them—and that you will save us from death.”
God almighty I turn to you this morning, I have read your word and I know for sure if I please you, you will make even my enemies to be at peace with me. Teach me to please you, to obey your commandments and to walk with you. I desire peace on all the sides as you gave David your servant. Teach me to love you and to delight in your laws. In Jesus name I pray and believe, amen.