Following Our Lead
Daily Bible Reading - Genesis 23,24; Luke 9
Today’s Key Passage - Genesis 24:1-27
Following Sarah’s death, Abraham (who was now getting very old) wanted to find a wife for his son Isaac from within his family (which was a common practice in the day). Abraham asked his chief servant, Eliezer, to go to the land where Abraham’s relatives lived to find a wife for Isaac. Eliezer agreed and went to the town of Nahor to find the bride. Now, Eliezer had undoubtedly spent a lot of time with Abraham. He had seen Abraham’s faith and he had likely learned all about God from his master. So when he arrived in Nahor to search for a bride, he knew that he needed to seek God’s help. Eliezer understood from watching Abraham all those years that without God’s leading bad decisions could be made. Instead of trying to rely on his own devices, Eliezer prayed for God to show him the right woman to choose for Isaac. He allowed God room to operate to find the right woman who would have the right heart to be Isaac’s wife, and following his prayer he waited and watched. Fortunately, he did not have to wait for long before God answered his prayer and found the perfect woman. When Eliezer realized that Rebekah was indeed the woman God had chosen and that his prayer had been answered, he immediately thanked and praised God.
If Abraham had not been a good witness to Eliezer, this story would have gone much differently. The way Abraham lived his life provided direction for Eliezer. Eliezer learned about God and about faith from watching Abraham, just as our friends and family members can learn about God and about faith from watching us. What message would others learn from watching our behavior? Would they see us putting God first? Would they see us asking God for direction for our lives? Would they see us waiting, watching, and allowing God to operate in our lives? When our prayers are answered, would they see us thanking and praising God? Our witness for God is one of the most important things we can do, and rest assured that, just like Eliezer, others are watching and learning from our behavior. When our behaviors are in line with God’s expectations, we know that anyone else following our lead will also walk the correct path.
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