Let’s read Genesis 24 (NAASB1995) together:
Now Abraham was old, advanced in age; and the Lord had blessed Abraham in every way. 2 Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he owned, “Please place your hand under my thigh, 3 and I will make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you shall not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I live, 4 but you will go to my country and to my relatives, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” 5 The servant said to him, “Suppose the woman is not willing to follow me to this land; should I take your son back to the land from where you came?” 6 Then Abraham said to him, “Beware that you do not take my son back there! 7 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 [a]descendants I will give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there. 8 But if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this my oath; only do not take my son back there.” 9 So the servant placed his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter.
10 Then the servant took ten camels from the camels of his master, and set out with a variety of good things of his master’s in his hand; and he arose and went to [b]Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor. 11 He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water. 12 He said, “O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, please [c]grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, I am standing by the [d]spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; 14 now may it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and [e]who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master.”
Just like Abraham’s servant, we often find ourselves in situations where we are asked to do something that seems daunting or challenging. We may lack the confidence or resources to fulfill these requests. But the story of Abraham’s servant teaches us an important lesson – to trust in God’s guidance and assistance.
The servant’s prayer in verses 12-14 is a beautiful display of his faith and reliance on God. He asks for God’s favour and lovingkindness towards his master Abraham, and he prays for success in his mission. He even specifies the sign that he is looking for – a woman who would not only offer him water but also water his camels. Through this prayer, we can see the servant’s trust in God’s perfect plan and his willingness to follow His guidance.
And true to his prayer, God answers in a miraculous way. Rebekah, the woman that God had chosen for Isaac, comes to the well and fulfills the servant’s sign. This is a beautiful reminder that when we trust in God and seek His guidance, He will lead us to success.
So often, we rely on our own strength and abilities to fulfill our tasks and responsibilities. We forget that we have a loving and powerful God who is always ready to guide us and help us succeed. As Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” As we serve our Pastors and Leaders, let us remember the story of Abraham’s servant and his prayer to God. Let us trust in God’s plan and seek His guidance in everything we do. And when we face challenges or tasks that seem impossible, let us pray for His favour and success, knowing that He is always with us and ready to help.