Genesis 22 puts the faith of Abraham to the test as God proves his faith by commanding him to sacrifice Isaac, the son of God’s covenant promise. Isaac questioned his father, “Where is the Lamb?” (22:7); John the Baptist answered that question 2,000 years later when he said concerning Jesus, “Behold the Lamb” (John 1:29, 36).
Reminding us God’s people are sojourners in this world, we read, “Sarah was an hundred and seven and twenty years old: these were the years of the life of Sarah. 2 And Sarah died in Kirjatharba; the same isHebron in the land of Canaan: and Abraham came to mourn for Sarah, and to weep for her” (Genesis 23:1-2).
A theme for Genesis 24 is simply stated,“Here Comes the Bride”. Following Sarah’s death, Abraham was burden to find a fitting wife for Isaac, his heir of God’s covenant promises. Fearing Isaac might be tempted to take a wife of the heathen tribes in Canaan, Abraham sent his “eldest servant” (24:2-4) to his kindred residing in “Ur of the Chaldees” (11:27-31).
Reflecting the faith of his master, Abraham’s servant prayed for the LORD to make His will clear in choosing a young woman who would become Isaac’s wife (24:12-14). God heard and answered the servant’s prayer even as he was praying (24:15-26).
In a prayer of praise and a lesson to all who desire the will of the LORD, the servant prayed, “I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master’s brethren” (24:27). Perhaps someone is reading this devotional and find themselves sincerely seeking the will of God in a matter or His direction for their lives.
Take a lesson from Abraham’s eldest servant: To know the will of the LORD you must be “in the way” of the LORD. You cannot pray sincerely for the LORD to reveal His will if you are not “in the way” of the LORD…obedient to His Word, walking the path of His choosing, and submitting to the authorities He has providentially placed in your life.
Do Right, my friend and you will not only do the will of the LORD, you will also be confident in it!
Copyright 2019 – Travis D. Smith