Genesis chapter 24 opens with the winding down of Abraham's life and thoughts of his son's future; verses 1-4 state. "Abraham was now very old, and the Lord had blessed him in every way. He said to the senior servant in his household, put your hand under my thigh, the one in charge of all that he had. I want you to swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living. But go to my country and my relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac." As you may recall, Isaac was the son of promise (Genesis chapter 17). A son born to Abraham and Sarah in their old age is a fulfillment of God's promise. This chapter took me back to my mother's illness. I prayed and believed for her healing and, to be honest, was mad at God when she passed away. I wanted my mother to live. That was my will. God answered my prayer to heal and delivered her from all earthly pain according to His will. This principle goes against all our human sensibilities. What if I told you that all the things we seek in this world, someone to love and accept us with all our flaws, faults, and insecurities.
Along with the other myriad of inner thoughts, prayers, and secrets and still loves us without question. It can be found in a relationship with God through His son Jesus. What if I told you that even though we will face tough times in this world, we won't have to face them alone because of our relationship with God through His Son Jesus. Abraham clearly understood the importance of a relationship with God. Another example of Abraham's life before God is reflected in the behavior of his servant. Verse 12 states, "Then he prayed, Lord God of my master Abraham, make me successful today and show kindness to my master Abraham." I am sure many of us have heard the saying prayer changes things, and no doubt by the servant's action, prayer was a regular practice in the community. A valuable lesson that we can all learn, prayer is an essential tool for Christians. The prayer itself is also significant. The servants prayed for his master's will to be done—what a valuable lesson to pray not only for ourselves but for the salvation and success of others.
As our journey continues through the story, we come upon verse 48, which states, "and I bowed down and worshiped the Lord. I praise the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master's brother for his son." Worship and adoration to God are key elements in honoring our Savior. It is very important how we live before others. Our words, actions, and behavior are what sets us apart as children of God. John 13:35 states, "By this, everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another." This servant's love and reverence for his master Abraham mimic Abraham's servant relationship with God. And as Christians, this is the perfect picture of our relationship with God through His son Jesus. Let me encourage you today to read Genesis chapter 24.
Remember, God loves you, and so do I.