When a certain task has been handed over to you, how have you approached it? Were you completely focused on getting it done right? Did you worry day and night trying to perfect it? Or did it ever cross your mind to submit it to God?
Many are often reluctant to involve God in their decision-making. Some believe it silly to solely depend on Him. Or some after finishing all their work, whisper a few insignificant words in prayer like a good-luck charm.
We all have read about the life of Abraham in the Bible- how he was such a faithful and obedient servant of God. There was barely a moment where Abraham drifted away from God but stayed committed in his relationship with His Heavenly Father.
“Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”
But many of us often forget Abraham’s trusted servant- Eliezer. He was the chief servant of Abraham’s household. One fine day, Abraham had a very important task for Eliezer, something a little out of the ordinary.
Abraham was old and lay weak on his bed when He called out for his servant Eliezer, who rushed into the room as soon as he heard his name. Abraham took hold of his hand and said, “You must go back to my country, Aram Naharaim, to the town of Nahor and find a suitable bride for my son Isaac.” (Genesis 24:4)
The loyal and hard-working servant Eliezer was, he made an oath to Abraham regarding the request (verse 9).
EXAMINED THE ALTERNATIVES
But Eliezer being human obviously had his concerns and doubts. He worried if the woman he found would be reluctant to come back home to Isaac. If such a situation was to arise, what should be his course of action? (verse 5)
PRAYED TO GOD FOR GUIDANCE
Eliezer knew that this was a very important and risky task to accomplish. He knew he had to pick the right kind of woman for his master’s son. But who else knew Isaac better than God, the Creator of all things. Eliezer believed that only God could give him success.
Then he prayed, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. (verse 12)
Not only did Eliezer pray over his job, but he prayed for his master as well. How many of us today would be ready to pray for our employer? Do we pray for the success of the company that we work in? Or do we just pray for our job and our responsibilities? Eliezer could have just seen this as another achievement to gain and add credit to his work, but instead, he chose to be loyal to his master and want the best for Abraham.
MADE A PLAN
After seeking God’s guidance, Eliezer then made a plan to how to go about the task. After reaching the country, he had his camels kneel down near a well outside the town. He knew that the daughters of the townspeople would come out to draw water from this well. He planned to ask one such girl for a jar of water to drink. He would then observe to see if this girl would not just quench his thirst but also readily water his camels as well. (verse 12)
Eliezer took this to be a sign that, that girl would be the one to bring home and marry Isaac.
Sounds a bit silly, right? I mean he was going to make a life-changing decision based on one act of kindness???
Eliezer wasn’t worried about her looks or wealth or social standing. He simply deciphered a sign that would make his task easier. He was very specific with this sign.
And that’s exactly what God wants from us as well. There is nothing wrong in being very specific with God. God is a God of mysteries and most often we fail to understand His ways. By being specific, we exhibit that we are just human, we need his guidance, we have a committed relationship with God and trust Him to ask so intimately.
For me, the very evident sign that tells me I’m on the right track or it is God’s doing is when I have an unexplainable peace in my heart. God is not a God of confusion. So if you’re deciding to go down a particular path or take a certain route of getting things done, examine what your heart is telling you. (By your heart I mean- the Holy Spirit. I wasn’t quoting a Disney dialogue). If there are too many obstacles, crossroads, chaos, and pain- you know this is not the right path. That does not mean you shouldn’t overcome obstacles and hardships in your life. There is a season in which God teaches and discipline, a season to mold you which in turn will strengthen your relationship with Him. But look out for order and not chaos in His plans.
DEVISED A STRATEGY WITH ROOM FOR GOD TO OPERATE.
The sign devised by Eliezer was a very simple but at the same time a risky one. He knew that God had to intervene to make this happen and also orchestrate the right choice.
One of my biggest example here is my marriage:
I had a list of things that I wanted in my future husband. I have a vague memory of creating it in my younger days without a thought or care. A list that nobody knew of, one that was tucked away in some random notebook.
When the time came, I forgot all about this list. I didn’t even think I was ready to get married and there was no stopping my parents from “The Amazing Race” quest for a groom. So what could I do: Pray and only that! I didn’t want to meet 10-15 potential grooms, judge their looks and narrow them down by age, height, and weight. I didn’t want to count the coins in their pocket or diagnose their medical records. All that I prayed was “Let the man who comes to meet me, be the one that God has ordained for me. Do not bring anyone else home”
And with every passing day of my marriage, I find myself checking off things on my long forgotten list.
Read more about it: https://ashapramodblog.wordpress.com/2015/10/26/to-love-to-hold/
I can share stories of many such people in the same situation but how specifically different they were. I know women, who have asked God to dress the potential groom in a particular colour (blue, was the sign) when he came home to see her and today this couple is celebrating happy and blessed 10 years in their marriage. There are few who sought confirmation from the Word and received the same verse throughout the entire matchmaking.
Always make room for God to operate in your plans.
WAITED AND WATCHED CLOSELY
Eliezer saw a beautiful young girl named Rebekah, go down to the spring to draw some water. He quickly ran towards her and asked for some water. Without hesitation, she gave him some and offered to water his camels as well.Without saying a word, he watched her closely to learn whether the Lord made his journey successful.( verses 17-21)
Here Eliezer didn’t have to wait too long for his answer. But there may be times when maybe asked to wait a little or much longer for our sign or answer. It can be easy to get frustrated and lose all hope during this period, but the Bible teaches us that even in that season of waiting-God has a purpose.
Since ancient times no one has heard,
no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
who acts on behalf of those who wait for him
– Isaiah 64:4
A friend of mine was struggling with his work load. He found that no matter how hard he worked, he never found himself moving forward in his career. One such weary day, he sat down to pray over his situation. Soon after he prayed he opened his Bible to the following verse:
Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord rises upon you
Every day since then he continued to pray over his work, for a promotion. His work situation didn’t seem to change at all. But he never gave up on his prayer. He kept chanting the same verse every day and thanked God for this unseen promotion. 7-8 months later, God blessed him not just with a promotion, but with an opportunity to celebrate the blessing with his family(in India) and provide for many in need. That was 7-8 months of frustration and despair and tiredness. But in the end, it finally happened in God’s best time. More than any of the above blessings, he learned to trust in God.
ACCEPTED THE ANSWER THANKFULLY
Eliezer then asked Rebekah if there was any room for him to stay the night, to which she replied that her family had not just enough room but also plenty of fodder for Eliezer’s camels as well.
Seeing that God had provided so abundantly, he bowed down to worship the Lord.
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives.” (verse 27)
We often forget to come back to God and thank Him for blessing our plans. God requires nothing but a joyful and grateful heart. Thank Him for the blessings he has offered in the past and has promised to do so in the future.
Sometimes it really is a sacrifice to offer praise and thanks. We may not feel like it. We may be struggling. Feel weary. Or maybe, we even feel like He let us down. Painful life blows and losses may send us spiraling.
But here’s what can make a lasting difference. We have a choice, every day, to give him thanks. And with a heart of thanksgiving, we realize that no matter what we face, God doesn’t just work to change our situations and help us through our problems. He does more. He changes our hearts. His power, through hearts of gratitude and focused minds on Him, will release the grip our struggles have over us. We will be strengthened by His peace, refueled by His joy.
FOLLOWED THROUGH THE ENTIRE PLAN
Eliezer then spent the night with Rebekah’s family. He explained the situation to the concerned parties (verses 28-50). Her family knew that this was truly the Lord’s doing. They encouraged Eliezer to take her and let her become the wife to Isaac.
When we let God intervene in our plans, everything else will fall into place.
He makes all things beautiful in His time.
The verse doesn’t say a particular aspect of the situation but instead, all things- EVERYTHING is made not just right but BEAUTIFUL.
And just as Abraham instructed him, Eliezer brought along Rebekah with him. And she was married to Isaac.
Just look at how beautifully God’s plan turned out! God does not ask you to sit idle and let Him work. He wants you to do your part of preparing yourself, planning and strategizing, meeting up with those concerned, working hard, talking over matters clearly.
But to gain success in all of it, He wants you to first seek His guidance, make room for Him to operate and lastly, thank Him for His hand over your task.
Is God along with you on your journey?