Who says that enemies cannot be/ become friends?
Look how persons unite against a common enemy, perceived or real. If enemies can be friends in their pursuit of unholy ambitions, then they can certainly lay aside historical tensions and work together for their common good.
Abraham and Abimelech found it both possible and practicable to establish and to honour a covenant between them. Abimelech had observed that God was with Abraham and had prospered his undertakings. Having treated this stranger graciously, he asked for return benefits.
“God is with you in all that you do; 23 now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my offspring or with my posterity, but as I have dealt loyally with you, you will deal with me and with the land where you have resided as an alien.”
Abraham complied. He also protected his posterity. ‘This well is mine, dug by my own hand’.
Abraham acknowledged the hand of God in all this and continued to live and thrive in “alien” territory.
Are we poised grasp to grasp the weight of God’s promise “I will be with you always”?
“Always” means all the time, whether at home or abroad in a foreign land, in conditions that are obviously favourable as well as in strange situations, among enemies as in the midst of friends, wherever and whenever we travel with God; because no situation that we enter, while keeping company with God, is beyond God’s protective power. My friend Ruthlyn would always say, “The will of God will never lead you where the grace of God cannot reach you”.
Lord, keep us ever mindful of the power of your presence, today and always. Amen.