34-35a: "I am Abraham's servant," he explained. 35"And the LORD has blessed my master richly; he has become a great man." - Sarah has died and an aging Abraham has sent his servant out in search for a wife for Isaac. The servant had traveled back to the land of Abraham's family with camels burdened down with gifts.
39-40a: "'But suppose I can't find a young woman willing to come back with me?' I asked him. 40`You will,' he told me, `for the LORD, in whose presence I have walked, will send his angel with you and will make your mission successful." - Frequently, as we follow God's plans for our lives we have questions and doubts.
42: "So this afternoon when I came to the spring I prayed this prayer: `O LORD, the God of my master, Abraham, if you are planning to make my mission a success, please guide me in a special way." - The servant does not pray for a successful end to his journey. Instead, he prays for guidance in following God's plan.
48: "Then I bowed my head and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master, Abraham, because He had led me along the right path to find a wife from the family of my master's relatives." - He offers prayers of thanksgiving and praise when God's plan is revealed and the success of his quest is assured.
50-51: "Then Laban and Bethuel replied, "The LORD has obviously brought you here, so what can we say? 51Here is Rebekah; take her and go. Yes, let her be the wife of your master's son, as the LORD has directed." - God's involvement in the success of this quest is obviously apparent to everyone.
64-65: "When Rebekah looked up and saw Isaac, she quickly dismounted. 65'Who is that man walking through the fields to meet us?' she asked the servant." - Rebekah had willingly followed the servant to become Isaac's wife. When she saw Isaac she immediately recognized him and presented herself to him.
67: "And Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother's tent, and she became his wife. He loved her very much, and she was a special comfort to him after the death of his mother." - And they were blessed.
Points to Contemplate:
Are you following God's plans for your life?
How can you tell? When life's issues fill your heart, do you seek God's approval for the decisions you make? Or do you seek to follow only where God would have you go? Do you trust Him with your life? Do you believe that He will lead you, send signs of affirmation, and bring about the success He has in store for you? Abraham, from a life walking with God, knew the servant would be successful in his search. The questions, doubts, and fears of the servant were not necessary. Can you accept that God will provide the answers you seek and are you able to lay aside the anxiety that threatens to overwhelm you?
What is your prayer? Do you pray for specific results to the issues you face? Do you say to God: 'this is the house I want to buy, please make it so.' or 'Please bless the trip we are planning and send us the money so we can go.' or 'We are starting this new program at church, send us the people we need.' The servant had a specific task to perform - find Isaac a wife. He could have prayed 'send me a girl for Isaac.' Instead, he said prayed for guidance and that God's will would prevail. Do you pray that God's will be done in all aspects of your life, even if it means that the success you seek is set aside?
Have you seen the signs? Everyone involved in this story could see God's involvement. Their fears, doubts, and questions were calmed because "The LORD (had) obviously brought (him there), so what (could they) say?" Have you experienced a time of God's obvious involvement? What was it like? Did you see the signs God provided to affirm your doubts? Did everything suddenly fall into place? Were barriers removed and obstacles overcome? Did a sense of peace and rightness fill your heart? Were you joyful? Did you celebrate your good fortune? Did you give God the credit and dedicate your life to His glory? Did you sing songs of praise and express prayers of thanksgiving? Promises of the Gospel:
Our lives are filled each day with myriad of decisions, forks in the road, and possibilities for change. Each decision we make can be, should be, a time to seek God's guidance. From the words we choose to say to a loved one when we first rise in the morning to the major issues in life such as career, home, and medical decisions, when we choose to walk with God as Abraham walked, then God will provide the answers we seek. His plans for our life will unfurl before us. The more we allow His involvement the more we will experience His peace. The more we seek His will and not just our success, the more we will come to know of His love. Abraham and the servant knew that God would provide because they were following His plan. When success did come all that was left to do was to give God praise and sing songs of thanksgiving.