Saturday 7 November, 2015

Genesis 24:1-9

24 By that time Abraham was very old. The Lord had blessed Abraham in every way. 2 The best servant in his house was in charge of everything Abraham had. Abraham said to him, “Put your hand under my thigh. 3 The Lord is the God of heaven and the God of earth. I want you to make a promise to me in his name. I’m living among the people of Canaan. But I want you to promise me that you won’t get a wife for my son from their daughters. 4 Instead, promise me that you will go to my country and to my own relatives. Get a wife for my son Isaac from there.” 5 The servant asked Abraham, “What if the woman doesn’t want to come back with me to this land? Then should I take your son back to the country you came from?” 6 “Make sure you don’t take my son back there,” Abraham said. 7 “The Lord, the God of heaven, took me away from my father’s family. He brought me out of my own land. He made me a promise. He said, ‘I will give this land to your family after you.’ The Lord will send his angel ahead of you. So you will be able to get a wife for my son from there. 8 The woman may not want to come back with you. If she doesn’t, you will be free from your promise. But don’t take my son back there.” 9 So the servant put his hand under Abraham’s thigh. He promised to do what his master wanted.

God had guided and blessed Abraham for sixty-five years and Abraham was confident that God would not leave him out to dry now.  God had given Abraham a specific promise that his descendants would inherit the land; so this meant that his son had to have a wife who would bear him a child.  Abraham was a man of faith who believed God’s word and knew how to apply it to specific situations and decisions.  He sought to obey God’s word because true faith always results in obedience.

The more you meditate on God’s Word, the more truth you will see in it and the more direction you will get from it.  This applies to decisions about marriage, vocation, ministry, or any other area in life.  Unless we trust God’s Word and obey it, He will not direct us.  This is so practical!  Abraham also knows about authority and so knew that if his servant did as he asked in his name then all would be well.

There is an old hymn that has the line in it that says, “trust and obey for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.”  May our application always be to trust, that is have real faith and obey God and so receive the crown of life He promises to each of us!

Father give me grace to obey in every situation!

Written by Ps. Richard Botta

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