Today’s Reading: Genesis 22-24
Today’s Reflection: Genesis 24:12-15
12) And he said, “O LORD, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. 13) Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. 14) Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.” 15) Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, came out with her water jar on her shoulder.
Before he died, Abraham wanted to make sure his one and only son had a wife. He also wanted to be sure Isaac married a suitable woman. He instructed his servant to return to his homeland and find Isaac a wife there. However, since this was the land God had called Abraham out of to give him and his descendents the promised land of Canaan, Isaac was commanded not to return with the servant on this mission.
The servant wondered, how can I find the man a suitable and acceptable wife without him there to make the choice? Abraham assured him God would guide his journey and give him success. When the servant arrived in Abraham’s home town he prayed the prayer in Genesis 24:12-14. And as the very next verse 15 says, before he had even finished praying the woman who would become Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, was approaching him.
Often we find ourselves in situations not unlike Abraham’s servant: a challenge arises that seems impossible for us. Just as Abraham assured his servant, God wants to assure us that he will give us guidance and ultimately success in all of the situations we face (bearing in mind that God’s idea of success often isn’t the same as man’s idea of success). Even so at times we pray. And pray. And pray. And at times it seems as though our urgent entreaties never rise any higher than the ceiling.
Yet this story tells us an essential truth about God’s ability and desire to meet our needs. God acts not only before we finish praying, but before we have even started, before we even knew we had the need for His divine intervention. No matter our circumstances we can have complete confidence because we serve a God who promises that, before we even ask, He has already answered.
Isaiah 65:24 – Before they call I will answer; while they are yet speaking I will hear.