Daily in the Word seeks to provide some devotional thoughts for daily living from a passage of Scripture. It is not meant to be academic exegesis, but a humble attempt to listen to God’s voice through His Word.
Scripture Passage: Genesis 24
Focus Verses: Abraham’s servant seeks a wife for Isaac from among Abraham’s kinsmen. In following his master’s instructions, the Bible says, ” Then he prayed, ‘LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham'” (Genesis 24:12).
After meeting Rebekah, Scripture says, “Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the LORD had made his journey successful” (Genesis 24:21).
Meditation: The son of promise needs a wife! Abraham sends his trusted servant to find her. The servant prays for God’s working. Prayerfully, he settles on the criteria for finding God’s choice. As the situation unfolds, he continues to listen to God and watch for His working.
I find an incredible challenge here! While I do not believe that there is only one way to follow God’s leading, I do find some interesting principles in this chapter.
First, he asks God for success in accomplishing His master’s purpose. While we tend toward being reactionary against the so-called prosperity Gospel, we can ask God for success. Why? It is not about us as much as it is about our Master. We pray for His will to be done. Our success is secondary.
Second, God gave him a plan. It seems that the servant formulates the scenario which will reveal the maiden for Isaac to marry. When we seek to do God’s will and listen to Him, His thoughts become our thoughts. There is a unity of the Holy Spirit with our spirit. When we experience the situation unfolding, we continue to seek God’s affirmation.
Third, the servant knew how to be silent and watch for God’s working. This does not happen overnight! Prayer requires learning. Learning to be silent and watch for God’s working takes time. We do not learn this immediately. Practice listening! Make mistakes. Continue to do it anyway… it’s about knowing God.
The end result: God leads the servant to find Rebekah, Isaac’s wife, just like Abraham wanted. The end result for us: we know God and accomplish His purposes for our lives!
Thanks be to God!
Ask God for success
Listen for God’s plan
Watch God work
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