Blogging the Bible

Genesis 24-26; Psalm 9

The Bible gives us advice and wisdom on many things. I do not believe this passage prescribes a way of finding a spouse. The one example to follow would be the role of prayer in the search. While I do not subscribe to the “one and only” idea, I believe that God can bring people together to determine relational compatibility.

Abraham sees that his son is going to need a wife to continue the family line. Like any good parent, he observes the pool of potential mates. Knowing the character and traditions of the people in the area, Abraham knows that they would not provide the best spouse for his son. So he sends a servant back to his homeland with the command to NEVER take his son there. (God had commanded him to leave there, no need to go back, plus some of the people there weren’t God followers either.)

The prayer of the servant was simple yet showed the trust that Abraham has embodied to his household. Where there is faith, God provides. God passes on the same blessing and promise to Isaac as he gave to Abraham, and God continues to bless Isaac by providing for him richly in the land where he settled.

Isaac’s response was to build an altar and worship. I often wonder what ancient worship looked like. Pretty sure it looked nothing like the ritual and production we have today. Yet there was a bond and connection between God and His people. The words of David may have been something similar to the thoughts of Abraham and Isaac and any of the worshippers of old.

I will thank you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praises to your name, O Most High.

David continues to share how God has provided for Him and protected Him. It is this perfect prayer that offers worship and adoration of who God is. Exhortation for others to see and follow this example. There is confession of a need for God’s mercy and petition to continue to act on our behalf.

Where there is faith, God will provide. When God provides, our response is worship and greater faith. When God provides, others will notice. Abimelech notices that God has richly blessed Isaac and seeks a treaty and friendship with Isaac. As God blesses us, we should in turn bless others around us.


~ by mikefoster on January 13, 2016.

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