The greatest tragedy is to assume that we already know God’s will and that we are doing only His will in our lives, but we are really not. Often, with that kind of false assumption and understanding, we proceed along in life and even feel much contended in it. One of the main reasons why often we fail to discover God’s will is, we are carried away by our own self will. Missionary Statesman Andrew Murray said,
“Christian conversion is nothing less than the complete abandonment of one’s will to do the will of God and of Christ. True conversion is such a complete yielding of my will that never again under any circumstances will I seek it, but I will always, with all the strength I have, seek only to know and to do God’s will”.
Our thought for reflection this Tuesday morning is, “Our God of Heaven Wants Us to do Only His Will During Our Life On This Earth”.
He said to the chief servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh. I want you to swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among who I am living, but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac”
Our God is not only the God of heaven but He is also the God of the earth. That’s the reason Jesus taught his disciples to pray in this manner:
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”
The life of Abraham had been a challenging journey of knowing and diligently doing God’s will. As a reward,
“…The Lord had blessed him in every way”
Here in Genesis 24, we see Abraham deeply concerned that Isaac should not miss God’s will in finding his wife. The whole chapter of Genesis 24 is a detailed demonstration of how Abraham fulfilled God’s will in finding a life partner for Isaac.
1. Abraham was determined to know God’s will.
Abraham feared that if Isaac married a Canaanite woman, she would draw him away from worshipping the Lord. That’s was the reason why Abraham made his servant to promise that he would ensure that Isaac did not marry a Canaanite (Genesis 24:3, 37). Abraham’s determination and seriousness to do God’s will is revealed by his act of asking his servant to put his hand under his thigh and swear. Abraham’s determination to do God’s will, enabled him to do God’s will. Are we determined to do God’s will in our family, personal life, business and ministry?
2. Abraham depended and trusted in God to know His will.
Abraham’s dependence and trust in God is seen in the way he clearly instructed his servant before sending him away to find a bride for his son. Look at his words:
“He (The Lord, God of heaven), will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there”.
Abraham’s confidence and trust in God that He would help to find the right bride for his son is revealed here. Are we trusting and depending on our own common sense, knowledge, past experiences and successes to decide and do things in our life?
Genesis chapter 24 is a detailed exposition on the truth that God reveals His will and rewards those who are determined to do His will in their lives. Let this be our prayer this morning:
“Lord, forgive me for those times when I missed your will and messed up my life. I want to be a person, after your own heart and doing only your will in my life. I depend and trust in you that you would reveal your perfect will for me. Please show me what you want me to do as I am determined to spend the rest of my life on this earth, only doing your perfect will. In Jesus’ name