Finding your way ∙
He said, blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His lovingkindness and His truth toward my master; as for me, “I being in the way, the Lord led me” [KJV] – Genesis 24:27
1 Abraham was now a very old man, and the LORD had blessed him in every way.
2 One day Abraham said to his oldest servant, the man in charge of his household . . .
4 Go to my homeland, to my relatives, and find a wife there for my son Isaac.
7 For the LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and my native land, solemnly promised to give this land to my descendants. He will send his angel ahead of you, and he will see to it that you find a wife there for my son.
12 “O LORD, God of my master, Abraham,” he prayed. “Please give me success today, and show unfailing love to my master, Abraham.”
13 “See, I am standing here beside this spring, and the young women of the town are coming out to draw water.”
14 “This is my request. I will ask one of them, ‘Please give me a drink from your jug.’ If she says, ‘Yes, have a drink, and I will water your camels, too!’ – let her be the one you have selected as Isaac’s wife. This is how I will know that you have shown unfailing love to my master.”
15 Before he had finished praying, he saw a young woman named Rebekah coming out with her water jug on her shoulder.
17 Then the servant ran to meet her, and said, “Please let me drink a little water from your jar.”
18 She said, “Drink, my lord”; and she quickly lowered her jar to her hand and gave him a drink.
19 Now when she had finished giving him a drink, she said, “I will draw also for your camels until they have finished drinking.”
For thousands of years, travelers plotted courses to get from one place to another. In ancient times they used landmarks, the sun, and stars. In the more recent centuries, during the age of the explorers such as Columbus, dead reckoning was employed. Dead reckoning begins with a known position, or fix. Then using the direction of travel determined by compass [heading], speed, and time, a course was plotted on a chart.
Rather than dead reckoning, the Father uses live reckoning. When we seek to know where He wishes us to go, we simply ask Him. He promises to guide us in real-time.
5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
6 Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
Throughout the millennia, the Father has used all types of signs, dreams, visions pillars of fire and smoke, angels, and various and assorted other means to direct his people. Genesis 24 provides a wonderful and dramatic story of the Father answering specific prayer for guidance in real-time.
Abraham assigns a very important task to his eldest servant. Abraham assigns his servant a mission to find a wife for Isaac. Obviously, this was an extremely important mission that would not be trusted with just anyone. The servant commits to performing the task assigned. He prepares himself for the journey and sets out. As the servant travels, he prays repeatedly for refinement of the Father’s leading.
The servant does not pray in generalities: “please bless my journey,” “please provide a wife for Isaac,” “give me good success in my mission,” etc. Rather, he prays very specifically. He is led to pray for exactly what he needed. He prays and asks the Father to show him which woman is to be Isaac’s wife by her actions and generosity. It is the simple task of providing him with water. And then watering his camels. By her actions, Rebecca self-identifies as Isaac’s wife. She simply acted out what was in her heart.
REFLECT & PRAY
Sometimes the Father is very specific in His guidance, other times not so much. But the principles are always the same. He wants to guide us. He desires that we ask for His guidance and He wants us to follow His guidance precisely without wavering.
Father, I spent enough time wandering around not knowing where I was going. Enough of such mindless foolishness. Teach me how to depend upon You to reveal where You want me to go and what You want me to do.
Apparently, this was not the servant’s first rodeo. Through the years, he had learned to pray and seek the Father’s will and direction. He wanted only to please his master Abraham and be faithful to the Father. That is exactly what servants are supposed to do. He was a good and faithful servant, trusted and dependable.
The Father’s live reckoning was perfect. Of all the houses in all of the city of Nahor, he was led directly to the house of Abraham’s brothers.
Genesis 24:27 “Praise the LORD, the God of my master, Abraham,” he said. “The LORD has shown unfailing love and faithfulness to my master, for he has led me straight to my master’s relatives.”
The servant was not just standing around wondering what to do. He was on his way to complete his mission. While he is actively following the guidance he already had, the Father leads him further. “I being in the way, the Lord led me [KJV] (Genesis 24:27).
Genesis 24:45 Before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder, and went down to the spring and drew, and I said to her, “Please let me drink.”
The servant’s prayer was answered before he had finished it. Reflect upon this for a moment. The Father led Rebecca out of her house at just the right moment and in just the right direction to answer the servant’s prayer. Amazing! Yet, as extraordinary as this appears to be, it is standard operating procedure in the kingdom of God. In response to His children’s prayers, His will is done on earth as it is in heaven.
Isaiah 65:24 Before they even call out, I will respond; while they are still speaking, I will hear.
Children of the King who depend upon the Father, recognize when He has acted. For them, the touch of the Father’s hand is unmistakable. They acknowledge and submit.
50 Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “The LORD has obviously brought you here, so there is nothing we can say.”
51 “Here is Rebekah; take her and go. Yes, let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the LORD has directed.”
But there’s more. “What is unusual about this particular narrative . . . is the fact that even though we, the readers, already know who the young girl was and what family she was from, we still must wait for the servant to inquire of the girl and find out for himself. . ..” (Sailhamer).
What is the servant’s response? He bows down and worships the Father for His loyal and faithful guidance (Genesis 24:26–27).