Reading: Genesis 24: 34-38
Verse 37: My master made me swear an oath…
Abraham’s servant has been tasked with a very important job. He is to go back to Abraham’s homeland to find a wife for Isaac. Abraham and Sarah were well beyond child-bearing years when Isaac was born and Sarah has died. The precious gift of a child must be cared for. The line must extend beyond Isaac and no Canaanite woman will do. The wife for Isaac must come from Abraham’s own clan. This will become a common practice as Israel becomes more defined as God’s chosen people and God directs them not to intermarry with the peoples around them lest they be led astray.
The servant begins today’s passage by explaining why he is there. In the previous verses the servant has met Rebekah and has discerned that God’s hand is at work in leading him to this very person and to this very house. After a prayer of thanksgiving, the servant proceeded to Laban’s home. But the task is not done. It is not time to relax. The faithful servant puts off food until he has spoken with Laban. He is faithful to the task his master Abraham gave him.
At times we too have tasks to carry out that involve God’s larger plan or our commitment to follow Jesus as Master. We feel as this servant felt – there is something God has placed on our hearts that must be accomplished. We must talk to this person about such and such or maybe we feel led to volunteer for or take on something at church or in the community. For some, maybe they are wrestling with a call to ministry or with a call to serve God in some way. Taking that first step can be so hard. Being willing to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and to go where it leads requires a deep and abiding trust in God.
When we sense God’s hand at work in our lives may we be like this faithful servant, trusting fully in God, stepping out boldly in faith to accomplish or respond to whatever God places on our heart today.