Bible Devotions

Contagious Faith

on January 28, 2009

Then he said, “O LORD God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham. Genesis 24:12 NKJV

Abraham is getting old. Since he can’t take the journey himself, he has a servant promise to go back to Abraham’s family to find a wife for Isaac. The servant reaches his intended destination, the city well where the women go to draw water.

Abraham’s faith must have been visible in his household. We don’t know what the servant believed about God but we do know that this was such a big assignment the servant prayed to Abraham’s God. He didn’t rush to pick out a wife rather he prayed for the Lord to lead him in making the right decision.

Genesis 24:12-14 says “Then he said, “O LORD God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham. Behold, here I stand by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, ‘Please let down your pitcher that I may drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink’—let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.”

Before he even finishes the prayer, Rebekah shows up. She is daughter of Nahor, Abraham’s brother. Oh what luck for the servant! The scene unfolds exactly like the servant had prayed, as though God wanted him to know for certain this was the woman for Isaac. Luck or God’s providence? Definitely, God’s providence was guiding the situation.

The servant is overjoyed with what just happened, God answered his prayer! Can you picture the servant sitting by the well watching his prayer replayed in front of him? Imagine his jaw must have dropped or perhaps he started grinning like a child who was told he can have any toy he wanted.

So when he goes to Rebekah’s house to ask her father if she may come with him, he recounts the whole story of how he specifically prayed and Rebekah came, did and said exactly as he prayed! As he tells the story, no doubt he does it with excitement in his voice. He is most enthusiastic as he just experienced God’s grace in answering his humble prayer.

The servant not only reveals his purpose for coming, but also becomes a witness for God to Abraham’s family. The result is Abraham’s relatives believed it was God’s will. Genesis 24:50-51 NKJV says “Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The thing comes from the LORD; we cannot speak to you either bad or good. Here is Rebekah before you; take her and go, and let her be your master’s son’s wife, as the LORD has spoken.”

As we said, we don’t know what the servant believed about God before this assignment. But we do know the servant’s faith enlarged that day which caused him to worship the Lord and humble himself to God Almighty. From this point on, the servant had his own faith based on his own experience with God.

Isn’t this what we want for those around us? Is our faith visible to others? Does our faith inspire others to give God a try? For we know the Bible says “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8) and “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matthew 7:8).

Lord God Almighy, you long for each of us to come to you. Thank you for being a personal God. Help us give you a try and see for ourselves you are real and a rewarder of those who seek you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

©Elizabeth Marks has led small group Bible studies for almost a decade. Author of ThinkOnItBibleDevotions.com and BeingWomenOfInfluence.com websites she has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.

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