A Life that is Led: A Tale of Faith

Published on Feb 14, 2024
Category: Behold!

Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out, with her jar on her shoulder

Genesis 24:45

Walking by Faith

God who leads and directs us.

Eliezer was the oldest of Abraham’s servants (Genesis 15:2) and Abraham trusted him. So Abraham sends him on this very important mission under oath. Eliezer was to find a wife for his son, the result of God’s promise to him, his son Isaac.

Eliezer had clear instructions. Don’t take a wife for Isaac among the Canaanite people. Go to Abraham’s family in Mesopotamia but don’t take Isaac there. If the girl refuses to come back with him, he is released from the oath. Not an easy task by any standards.

Now Eliezer of Damascus was but a servant in Abraham’s household. But interestingly, he displays faith and a close walk with the God of his master Abraham. Abraham’s faith had rubbed off on even his servant.

Eliezer’s Faith

Two things from this passage reflect Eliezer’s faith.

Eliezer, he prays, he seeks God and His direction (Genesis 24:12-14). He is very clear in his request to the Lord. Show me the girl that you want for my master and I will know it when she does more than I have asked of her, that is a drink of water.

Eliezer goes expecting to accomplish his mission. He goes loaded with gifts for the girl he was to meet, and her family. He goes expecting to succeed, expecting to receive an answer to his prayer, to find the girl. And God honors that faith. He finds Rebekah who goes the extra mile.

Abraham seeking a wife for his son, Isaac, commissions his servant with this task. The servant prays for success and guidance. And God grants his request leading him right to just the right person. Rebekah, a beautiful, kind, generous and hardworking woman, bravely leaves her family and travel miles to marry someone whom she had never met.

Do those who know you also know your God, like Eliezer knew Abraham’s God? Is your heart aligned to sense the Lord’s leading, like Eliezer’s was? Do you move forward expecting the Faithful One to answer your prayer? A life that is led is a prayerful life.

Prayer

Lord may my life be led by prayer and may those watching be led to You.

Author

Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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  1. sandhya bangara

    Thanks Preeti .. God bless you.
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