Abraham wasn’t giving up on the dream God had given him.
5 The servant asked, “But what if I can’t find a young woman who is willing to travel so far from home? Should I then take Isaac there to live among your relatives in the land you came from?”
6 “No!” Abraham responded. “Be careful never to take my son there. 7 For the Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and my native land, solemnly promised to give this land to my descendants. He will send his angel ahead of you, and he will see to it that you find a wife there for my son. 8 If she is unwilling to come back with you, then you are free from this oath of mine. But under no circumstances are you to take my son there.” Genesis 24:5-8 NLT.
His servant offers up a prayer in detail, which was being answered before he even finished it.
12 “O Lord, God of my master, Abraham,” he prayed. “Please give me success today, and show unfailing love to my master, Abraham. 13 See, I am standing here beside this spring, and the young women of the town are coming out to draw water. 14 This is my request. I will ask one of them, ‘Please give me a drink from your jug.’ If she says, ‘Yes, have a drink, and I will water your camels, too!’—let her be the one you have selected as Isaac’s wife. This is how I will know that you have shown unfailing love to my master.”
15 Before he had finished praying, he saw a young woman named Rebekah coming out with her water jug on her shoulder. Genesis 24:12-15 NLT.
An untouchable approaches Jesus for healing–and the Lord is willing.
A Roman officer says say the word and knows it will be done.
The disciples traveled with Jesus. They board the boat knowing where they were going. They just didn’t expect the sudden storm.
23 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. 24 Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
26 Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. Matthew 8:23-26 NLT.
All of this is a reminding refrain: faith.
Because of Abraham’s grasp on God’s promise, I could hold on tight to his promises too. When a servant offers up a prayer with specific detail, I can be just as bold to ask (and sometimes just as second-guessing when the prayer is answered!). An outcast approaches the Lord, and in times of painful solitude, I could also approach him. So many examples, one after another, telling of God’s power and faithfulness.
27 The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!” Matthew 8:27 NLT.
Lord, I am amazed by you, in the testimonies of people (past and present), down to the details you prepared in advance. You are with me in the storms. I hope I always remember your faithfulness.
2 responses to “Genesis 23-24; Matthew 8”
It’s so easy to forget that He’s there, just waiting to be invited into the midst of it, when our storms are raging. Instead I usually try to rely on my own supposed knowledge & power. Thank goodness He never ever gives up and His faithfulness and mercy abounds!
Yes, thankful he never gives up. Thankful for his faithfulness and mercy. (thanks for coming by, Beckie!)