SEARCH AND YOU SHALL FIND! Abraham’s wife Sarah died at the age of 127 and Isaac their son was now in his mid-thirties and still unmarried. (It would be great if you took the time to read Genesis 24 at this point.) So as was the custom of that day Isaac’s father began the process of arranging a marriage for his son but Isaac had to have a proper wife; not one taken from among the Canaanites (Genesis 24:3).Abraham chose the senior servant in his household to carry out this task and had him swear to faithfully carry out his assignment (Genesis 24:3-4). In this biblical account of how God provided for a wife to the heir of Abrahams’s blessings there are several important biblical principles we should briefly note. Prayer is a keystone of a Godly life and shows reliance on God’s direction and impact on our lives. This servant was a praying man. As he followed Abraham’s instructions and arrived in the place Abraham sent him so he could find a proper wife he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today and show kindness to my master Abraham” (Genesis 24:12 NIV). There is much more to that prayer but in verse 15 it says, “Before he had finished praying” his prayer was answered and in such detail that there was no doubt God had answered his prayer. What a great lesson we have in Genesis 24 of the power of prayer. Prayer is a key to making difficult decisions in life and God is willing to listen and answer. God once said to another servant named Jeremiah, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know” (Jeremiah 33:3 NIV). God is ready to answer if we are ready to pray.
The next principle we should see in this story is that of faithfulness combined with God’s guidance. The servant of Abraham faithfully made the long journey to where Abraham’s relatives lived as the Bible reveals, “As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master’s relatives” (Genesis 24:27 NIV). When we are faithful to God we can be assured of His guidance in our lives, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV). It is amazing as you read the account of the servant’s mission how God rewarded his faithfulness with God’s guidance so just the right wife is chosen for Isaac. In western culture we do not arrange marriages for our children; at least the majority of us don’t. But we as Christians should be aware of the biblical principles God has shown us in the Bible about what a godly marriage and families look like and we should from an early age seek to guide and instill in our children those values so they can chose a proper biblical life mate. And we should be praying for them from an early age that God will lead them to just the right person for them. There are many more principles for our lives to be found in this chapter of the Bible and God will reveal them to you as you study and seek His face.