38. Remember to say thank you

Eliezer, the servant of Abraham was looking for a wife for Isaac in Abraham's home country amongst his relatives. He travelled all the way to the village where Nahor, Abraham's brother had settled. There at the well outside of the village he prayed that God help him on his mission. He prayed that the first woman, who will be prepared to give water to him and to his ten camels, should be the wife that God had planned for Isaac. As we saw last week, Eliezer was looking for a woman with a servant's heart.

God is faithful and looks after His children. And in this situation it was no different. While Eliezer was still praying Rebekah arrived at the well and when Eliezer asked her for a drink, she replied:

"Certainly, sir," she said, and she quickly lowered the jug for him to drink. When he had finished, she said, "I'll draw water for your camels, too, until they have had enough!" So she quickly emptied the jug into the watering trough and ran down to the well again. She kept carrying water to the camels until they had finished drinking." Genesis 24:18-20

Rebekah was the one he was praying for. She not only offered to water his camels, she offered to give them water until they have had enough! And now we know how much a camel can drink. She also did her job with vigour, running to and fro the well until they had enough. She had a servant heart and was ready to help. She didn't expect to be compensated for her effort. But Eliezer wanted to bless her and gave her a gold ring for her nose and two large gold bracelets. And when he asked if they can sleep over at her father's home that night she readily agreed. She and her family were hospitable people (something we can learn from them too!). Then she told him that her grandparents were Nahor, Abraham's brother. Eliezer was so happy when he heard that and he fell to his knees and worshipped the Lord:

"Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master, Abraham," he said. "The Lord has been so kind and faithful to Abraham, for He has led me straight to my master's relatives." Genesis 24:27

Eliezer did the right thing and immediately gave all honour and praise to God. He acknowledged God's hand in this and praised and thanked Him for His help.

Often times we pray for things and when it happens we forget to say thank you. Mostly we will remember to say thank you when big things that we prayed for happen, but we tend to forget about the smaller things. I know I do sometimes. And it is not right. God loves to receive praises from His children. That is why He didn't make us robots that are forced to praise Him, because what is the joy in that? He finds joy when His children acknowledge Him and praise Him for all He does for them. Of all the ten lepers that Jesus healed only one returned to say thank you. And Jesus asked him where the other nine were, even though He knew. He simply wanted to make a point that all were supposed to come back and thank Him.

Remember when praying to thank the Lord for all the wonderful things He has done and for all His provisions for us. Thank Him and praise Him. Maybe even write down certain things you are praying for and page through that book now and again. You will be pleasantly surprised how God answered them and thank Him for it. Make thanking God a part of your daily prayer, and do it spontaneously like Eliezer did. He didn't worry what anyone thought of him. He immediately fell down and worshipped God for His kindness. Isn't that just a wonderful example to follow!

Thank you Father for all Your kindness. Thank you for listening to us and hearing our prayers. Thank you for Your abundance of grace towards us. Thank you thank you thank you. We are sorry that we forget to say it sometimes, but thank you. You are our everything, our first Love! In Jesus' Name. Amen

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