May 3rd, 2022 – Very Early Tuesday Morning
“Then Abraham said to him, ‘Beware that you do not take my son back there! The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, “To your descendants I will give this land,” He will send His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there.'” ~Genesis 24:6-7
“He said, ‘O LORD, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham.'” ~Genesis 24:12
“Meanwhile, the man was gazing at her in silence, to know whether the LORD had made his journey successful or not.” ~Genesis 24:21
“Then the man bowed low and worshiped the LORD. 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, the LORD has guided me in the way to the house of my master’s brothers.'” ~Genesis 24:26-27
Isn’t the LORD awesome? Not only did He prepare the way before Abraham’s servant, but He perfectly orchestrated the circumstances and timeline so that Rebekah was coming to the well where the servant was – at the exact time when the servant was praying for the LORD’s blessing of his mission and journey. Abraham’s faith in the LORD was justified, the servant was overwhelmed by the LORD’s lovingkindness and faithfulness, and the LORD was glorified even many hundreds of miles from where this particular story started (as the servant recounted the LORD’s goodness and working). The LORD’s faithfulness reaches to the heavens and His lovingkindness is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him!
In the few verses quoted above, and in the rest of the passage, it is easy to see that Abraham’s relationship with the LORD was not a private matter nor was it an inactive or passive “faith”. Instead, Abraham lived what he believed; his trust in the LORD (seen in his instructions to his servant) was obviously a deeply entrenched mindset that was easily observable by those around him. Think of how that sincere faith and trust in the LORD carried over to Abraham’s servant – a man who had charge over his house and who surely must have witnessed, up close and personal, the triumphs and failures of Abraham’s character; this man was profoundly impacted by his master’s faith and he himself bowed in worship when he experienced the faithfulness and lovingkindness of the LORD firsthand.
Ah, my beloved friends and brethren, let us bask in the LORD’s unfailing love and truth! Let us not forget His faithfulness nor spurn His lovingkindness! And, let our lives shine His light brightly to those around us – even if it is seems only to be through persistent, consistent trust in His unchanging character.
He is the LORD and His mercy and truth endure forever! Hallelujah!