Thursday, January 12, 2017

passing on faith is rewarding

The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord and said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master. As for me, the Lord has led me in the way to the house of my master's kinsmen.”
Genesis 24:26-27

Abraham's servant (who is never named in this story) is an example of Abraham's faithfulness to God. Abraham sent his trusted household steward on a vital spiritual mission -- to find a wife for his son Isaac from among the clans of his own distant kin. Abraham wanted Isaac to avoid marrying any Canaanite woman. He sent the servant on a task crucial to the future of God's covenant with Abraham. Sot he servant was entrusted with a task not only from his earthly master, but from God Himself. And it is so great to see that this servant clearly worshiped the God of his master.

From start to finish the servant is a man of faith, asking God to do this task for him. And God rewards him with answered prayer that does indeed bring back to Abraham the best possible outcome as quickly as possible. God leads the servant to the very place he needed to go in order to meet Rebekah, who would become Isaac's wife.

Abraham was blessed by his faithfulness to worship God and to instruct all in his household in the same way. The legitimate and strong faith of his servant was blessed by God in the extraordinary way in which Isaac's wife Rebekah came into the household. She was a woman of character too. Faithfulness to God is rewarded. And the truth was able to continue to be passed on to the next generation as God faithfully kept His promises.

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