Genesis 24: Prayer, Providence and…nose rings

“…the Lord has led me on the journey.”  Abraham’s servant Eliezer clearly embraced his master’s faith in the Creator God.  This story is a powerful demonstration of purposeful, specific prayer and faith in the Providence of God.  Eliezer had a mission: to find a wife for Isaac from among Abraham’s relatives.  So he headed in the direction of Abraham’s homeland, praying as he went: “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”  

Eliezer took his mission seriously, and he prayed very directly and specifically about it.  I think sometimes we are afraid to just say what we want.  We dance around the request with a lot of “if you will” and “if it is best”.  But if we are surrendered to God’s will and believe that He is good and always does what is best, do we need to sandwich our prayers between phrases like that?  Eliezer said plainly “make me successful” and he spelled out exactly what he wanted.  God knew that his heart was in the right place–that he was seeking God’s will and trusting in His Providence; so God honored his request and gave him exactly what he had asked for.

Today I suppose if you meet the girl of your dreams and immediately put a ring in her nose, well, you might not get a favorable reaction.  But Rebekah didn’t seem to have a problem with it.  We can assume her nose was already pierced!  Seriously, though, Rebekah’s response to all of this is equally as beautiful as Eliezer’s faith.  She recognizes God’s Providence in Eliezer’s story and agrees to leave with him, to journey to a far land and marry a man she has never met.  You might say her faith was greater even than Eliezer’s.

I can imagine a young man or woman today praying a similar prayer about their future mate: “God lead me to just the right person.  Please let it be than when we meet, she immediately identifies herself as a follower of Christ and that her life backs it up with godly character, biblical convictions and true Christlike compassion for others.”  That’s the kind of prayer God will answer!  It is right on target with His will and shows a desire to honor Him in your relationships.

I’m thankful for the Providence that led me to my wife, Kim.  I knew from the start that she loved God and lived the faith she professed.  And “lucky” for me, she saw the same Providence and agreed to marry me!  The marriages that God makes are always best.

Reading: Genesis 24