39. Obey God

Eliezer, Abraham's servant was sent by Abraham to go to his home country and find a wife for Isaac amongst his relatives. The mission was handed over into God's capable hands as we have seen. And as God ordained it, Eliezer was led right to Rebekah, the granddaughter of Abraham's brother Nahor. Eliezer gave all glory to God for helping him.

Now when Rebecca realised that Eliezer came from Abraham she rushed back home to tell her family. In her haste she forgot to take Eliezer with her. But once her brother, Laban, heard the story, he rushed out to the well and invited Eliezer to come to them. They treated him like royalty and were especially hospitable to him. God was in the whole process and looked after Eliezer.

Once Eliezer and his camels were settled in he insisted on telling them why he came. He didn't even want to eat before he told them his reason for coming. Laban agreed and allowed Eliezer to tell the whole story, which he did. Eliezer told them everything, from his oath that he made with Abraham, to his prayer, to Rebehah's kind actions. And after he told them he didn't waste any time in asking for Rebekah's hand in marriage to his master's son, Isaac. And Laban and Bethuel's reply was:

"The Lord has obviously brought you here, so what can we say? Here is Rebekah; take her and go. Yes, let her be the wife of your master's son, as the Lord has directed." Genesis 24:50, 51

The Lord was in the process the whole way. There was no resistance from her brother or father. God had paved the way. Eliezer was so glad that he immediately bowed down to the ground again and worshipped God. He was overjoyed and didn't care what anyone thought. He saw God's hand in all of this and gave Him all the glory. And s we've seen last week we can also learn from his wonderful example and thank God for His hand in our lives!

Then Eliezer wanted to return to his master the very next day, but Rebekah's mother wanted her to stay another ten days. But when Eliezer continued to insist on leaving the following day, Rebekah agreed to leave with him. It must have been very difficult for her. Here she had to leave her family, her friends, all she ever knew to go with a stranger to a far off land. And she knew that she will probably never see them or have contact with them ever again. It must have been very difficult. They didn't have phones, Skype and internet as we have today. When she had to say goodbye, it was most probably for good. But she recognised God's hand in this and He gave her the strength and the courage to go.

Sometimes God will also ask something of us that is difficult to do. He might ask us to move, He might ask us to change careers, He might ask us to stay right where we are even though we are frustrated or He might ask us to give up certain dreams that we have that is not in line of His will. Whatever the case may be, sometimes God asks us to do certain things. We must learn from Rebekah and act upon what God is asking of us without hesitation. She was obedient and followed His will and He looked after her. We see that God allowed her to take her childhood nurse with her, which must have been a consolation. We see a blessing pronounced on her:

"Our sister, may you become the mother of many millions! May your descendants overcome all their enemies." Genesis 24:60

And indeed that happened. She was married to one of the patriarchs of the Jewish nation. She was the mother of Jacob, later named Israel and she was married to a man who loved her very much. She was a special comfort to Isaac after his mother's death and he adored her. She was the mother of the Jewish nation, of Israel, from whom our Lord and Saviour came. She will be remembered forever.

When you obey God, things work out even better than you might hope or dream. Be obedient and act when God asks you to. Move with His Spirit and enjoy the anointing that comes with that. You will never be sorry that you did.

Father please give us the courage to 'go' when You say 'go' and to 'stay' when You say 'stay'. Please give us the strength to obey You and not to fear the future. Because we know that with You there is true peace, joy and freedom. Thank you for Your wonderful plans for our lives! Amen


1 comment for “39. Obey God”

  1. Gravatar of BarbaraBarbara
    Posted Saturday, 20 February 2016 at 10:13:06 PM

    Indeed God has a perfect plan and purpose for our lives. May the Holy Spirit help us to follow Him in complete obedience.

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