The AMI QT Devotionals from December 4-10 are written by Andy Kim. Andy, a graduate of Northwestern University and Fuller Theological Seminary (M.Div.) currently serves as a staff at Radiance Christian Church in San Francisco. And this past November Andy got married… to Jane. Congratulations.
Devotional Thoughts for Today
When Abimelech went to him from Gerar with Ahuzzath his adviser and Phicol the commander of his army, 27 Isaac said to them, “Why have you come to me, seeing that you hate me and have sent me away from you?” 28 They said, “We see plainly that the Lord has been with you. So we said, let there be a sworn pact between us, between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you, 29 that you will do us no harm, just as we have not touched you and have done to you nothing but good and have sent you away in peace. You are now the blessed of the Lord.”30 So he made them a feast, and they ate and drank. 31 In the morning they rose early and exchanged oaths. And Isaac sent them on their way, and they departed from him in peace.
After a few years of working in corporate America, I felt the Lord calling me to pursue full-time ministry. The conversation I had with my boss would be one to remember. To provide some context, my boss was a devout Hindu who knew I was a Christian—way too devoted to church work. That day, I stepped into her office and gave her my resignation, explaining that I wanted to pursue full- time ministry. After much disbelief and negotiation, she allowed me to work on a flex schedule that gave me enough time to focus on ministry. But more than these benefits, it was her passing remark that I cherished: She said, “Andrew, you put out good work. But more than that, I feel like having you on my team means I have God on my team.” She joked saying that she wanted all the extra good karma possible, but even if it was a joke it meant everything to me.
In our passage today, Isaac has even a greater testimony to share. Keep in mind, Isaac and Abimelech started on the wrong foot after Isaac lied about his wife Rebekah. Not only this, Abimelech felt threatened by Isaac’s prosperity in his land and forced him out. But even in the midst of all his hatred, somehow, Abimelech returns to Isaac. Why? Because it was evident that the Lord had been with Isaac. Even this pagan Philistine king who hated Isaac couldn’t deny the presence of the Lord upon Isaac and ultimately submits to him! There is no mention of Isaac speaking to Abimelech or doing anything, but both walk away in peace. May we be encouraged to live in a manner so that others may plainly see that the Lord is with us. D.L. Moody once said, “We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining—they just shine.” He believed that the most effective way of showing God was by how we lived. May everything we do, whether it is how we drink or eat, reflect the glory of the Lord so that all may come to know this amazing God!
Prayer: Father, may we be a light on a lampstand that gives light the entire world. Like how the moon reflects the sun, help us to reflect Your light to the people around us. Father, empower the way that we work, serve others, care for others, so that people may see Your love in us. May our lives become living testimonies in which people may come to know You. Amen.
Bible Reading for Today: Jeremiah 43