Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways (דֶּרֶךְ – deh-rech) please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.
A young reporter approached an old man on his 100th birthday. “Happy birthday, kind Sir! Can I bother you to answer one question? In all your years, of what are you most proud?” he asked.
“Well,” said the man, “I don’t have a single enemy in the world.”
“Really?!” shouted the reporter, “That’s just incredible — how inspiring to us all!”
“Yep,” added the centenarian, “outlived every darn one of ’em.”
Sadly, each of us has acquired an enemy or two in our lives. While it’s our human nature to find fault in others and make an occasional unnecessary enemy, sometimes it has nothing to do with us! I mean, you wouldn’t believe the kind of hate mail we get from people we’ve never met! What can we do to make peace with enemies like those?
“He” is the operating word in the verse above. Did you catch that? He, that is, the Lord, makes even [a man’s] enemies be at peace with him. All we have to worry about is making sure that our ways are pleasing to the Lord and He will do the rest!
The word “deh-rech” in Hebrew, is ‘way’ in the verse above. Derech can also mean journey or path. When our path is straight, and God is the focus of our journey, then our ways will please Him and He will make even our enemies be at peace with us. Let’s rededicate our lives to the Lord again today and see Him bring the victory.