Genesis 24:1-67, “21 And the man, wondering at her, remained silent so as to know whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not”
There are no mistakes or disappointments when the Lord leads a person who seeks His direction. We often quote Proverbs 3:5&6, “Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, And lean not on YOUR own understanding 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” We tend to stop here, have we ever considered the next two verses that follows? Vs. 7&8, “7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones”. These are benefits that come with trusting in the Lord to direct your ways.
The bible says, as the Abraham’s servant was still praying for direction, vs. 15-18, “ 15…, that behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her pitcher on her shoulder. 16 Now the young woman was very beautiful to behold, a virgin; no man had known her. And she went down to the well, filled her pitcher, and came up. 17 And the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me drink a little water from your pitcher.” 18 So she said, “Drink, my lord.” Then she quickly let her pitcher down to her hand, and gave him a drink”. If you read a few verses before this, the servant’s prayer was that the woman God chose for Isaac would be the one that he asks for a drink from and would give him and not only that, also give water to his camels to drink. Watch this, the servant only asked the woman for water for himself. Not only did she give him water; she also gave his camels water. If you know camels, they drink a lot of water so this must have been several trips to give water to dessert thirsty animals. She even called Abraham’s servant “my lord”, vs. “21 And the man, wondering at her, remained silent so as to know whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not”. You may be like this servant who saw the qualities he prayed for in this woman and you may have seen qualities in a person you’ve prayed for, may be even started building friendship. You can imagine yourself getting married to this person. There is something exciting about the person, No. 5 Principle:, Hold your peace, don’t be quick to make conclusion or even rush into decision making, trust in the Lord and patiently wait. You will be amazed at the learning you do in the waiting mode. What is of God cannot be rushed, and what is of God will not fail however long it may take. The servant could have just said, that’s her; she has every thing I have prayed for, let’s move to the next thing. People tend to rush in situations like this. He waited so should you.
No. 6 principle:, Praise and thanksgiving, vs.“26 Then the man bowed down his head and worshiped the LORD. 27 And he said, “Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His mercy and His truth toward my master. As for me, being on the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master’s brethren.” Understanding that this could be of God as the Lord had led him this far, he took time to thank God not only for what had transpired but even that which was to come. Understanding that He who had begun a good work would be faithful to complete it. It’s easy to begin to forget to thank God and be lost in a friendship you are trying to build. To continue to be in God’s will as you progress, we are encouraged in 1Thessalonians 5:16-18, to “16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. God delights in those who acknowledge His doing in what He has started. Blessings Ev,
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