Read Genesis 24:1-27
Some of what you just read defies our culture’s marriage norms and how you might expect to discern God’s will. Still, there is much here from which we can benefit.
What about cultural differences? Most of us probably chafe at the idea of an arranged marriage. The thought of having your father appoint a third party to select your spouse is far from the way most of us expect to find a husband or wife. We anticipate being part of the selection process…and that over the course of weeks, months, or even years.
Still, Abraham gave some good instruction that our culture can benefit from. For Isaac, just any old girl from the neighborhood wouldn’t do. Isaac’s wife had to have common spiritual roots. In the New Testament, the Spirit of God warns against people being “unequally yoked” in their faith commitment (2 Cor. 6:14). In addition, Abraham warned against taking Isaac back to the Nahor. He did not want his son to be tempted to settle there and miss out on the promise of God (Gen. 24:6-8).
There is a good life principle there. While you live your life as a witness for Jesus, make sure that you have strong relationships with godly people who will keep you on track with the will of God.
What about the prayer? The servant’s prayer invited God to reveal His will through the response of a girl at the well. I remember talking once with a person who discerned God’s will based on pain that he had in his body. After receiving good godly counsel, the man refused to act on it because he experienced pain in his foot. The man indicated that pain in his foot was the clearest and strongest of all ways that God made His will known to him.
Can God direct through the circumstances of life? Of course He can? Should we expect Him to do so in every circumstance? That is probably not wise.
Clearly, we should pray, asking God for wisdom in life situations (Js. 1:5). His answers may become obvious through clear, biblical teaching, through wise, godly counsel, through peace that the Spirit of God gives, or, yes, at times, through the circumstances of life.
What is it that you are seeking God’s will about? How will you recognize His response to you?
21 DAY PRAYER CHALLENGE
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Day 3: Pray all day.
Read 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18. Pray at least 3-5 times throughout the day today. Practice the first two days: Day 1: Praise Him! Day 2: Practice talking to him.