genesis 24: what matters

As he neared the end of his life, there were two things that Abraham knew for sure:  First, Isaac could not go back. The faithfulness of God would move Isaac forward to the promised land, not back to a former homeland.

{The faithfulness of God will move you forward, toward promised land, not back to a land He called you out of to follow Him.}

The other thing Abraham knew was that Isaac should marry a woman from Abraham’s kin, not from the Caananites. Abraham knew that God’s people entering into such a covenant relationship with a pagan people would not be a good idea.  

Who the people of God enter into covenant with is still important to Him. It remains a bad idea for a Christian to marry someone who does not follow Jesus.

So Abraham’s servant is sent to find a wife for Isaac from among God’s people. Naturally, the servant prayed for God’s help to find the right one.

{Is that what comes naturally to God’s people today? The servant believed that God knew who Isaac should marry, and prayed He would reveal her. I wonder if that feels archaic to us. I wonder if we have forgotten that God’s wisdom is far more necessary than our physical chemistry or attraction to someone. I wonder if we are teaching the generation coming up that marriage is a covenant, not a checkbox that needs to be marked by a certain age, and that God is the best one to reveal who we should marry.}

And then we see this-

“Before I had finished praying silently, there was Rebekah coming…”

Before he even finished praying, God’s answer was seen coming. Contrast that with this-

“…for from the first day that you purposed to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your prayers were heard. I have come because of your prayers. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for 21 days.” – Daniel 10:12-13

Daniel had gone into mourning for 3 weeks, seeking God. The statement above was made by the angel who had been sent in answer to Daniel’s prayer. 

In the case of Abraham’s servant, the answer to prayer appeared before the prayer was even finished. With Daniel, he prayed for 3 weeks before he saw any kind of movement, because the answer had been contested. But it had been sent from the first day Daniel began to pray! 

My takeaways from this chapter:

  • Direction matters. With God, it is always forward movement. Don’t believe the lie that the promises of God are behind you.
  • Marriage covenant matters. Do not assume that it isn’t important to God who you marry, or who your children marry. Don’t leave such an important decision up to feelings. Seek God.
  • Prayer matters. That’s why it is so heavily contested. Don’t give up because it’s taking too long. Keep praying!

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