Scripture: Genesis 24:1-27
Key verse: (12) “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham.”
Reflection: These are the words of Abraham’s servant. These are our words. “O God, grant me success today.” Abraham, old in age, wanted to make sure that his son Isaac was married. This wasn’t just a sentimental father who wanted to attend his son’s wedding before his death, but this was the desire for the continuation of God’s promise to Abraham that he would be the father of a great nation inhabiting a specific land. One hurdle in this promise was cleared when Abraham and Sarah had their child, now for the family line to continue Isaac needed a wife and needed to have children as well. What makes this even more challenging is that the servant needs to go back to Abraham’s home land, find a wife for Isaac without him being there, and convince her to come back with him. Hence the prayer, “O God, grant me success today.”
Amazingly, sitting in the town square watching, waiting, and listening, Abraham’s servant finds a wife for Isaac. What I love about this story is the servant’s faithfulness, not just to Abraham but to God. The servant recognizes that for success each and every day that he needs to be still, watch, listen, and wait for God. When we take these postures of watching and listening we are trusting that God is present in our each and every day. So often when we are faced with great challenge our first instinct is to lay out our plan or to rush into frenzied action. May we learn from Abraham’s servant this day and enter each day expecting God to be present and active, praying “O Lord, grant me success today.” For just by praying that prayer and recognizing God’s presence is success enough for a day.
Prayer: Lord God, quiet our hearts and minds and open our ears that we would know you in our midst. Grant us success of knowing your presence and following where you lead. Through Christ we pray. Amen.
Author: John Magnuson
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].