Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | July 18, 2015

July 18, 2015 “A Match Made In Heaven”

“And he said, “O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham.  I am standing here by the spring of water, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. Let the girl to whom I shall say, ‘Please offer your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.”  Before he had finished speaking, there was Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, coming out with her water jar on her shoulder. (Genesis 24: 12-15)

Good Morning Friends!

I expect that most of you, if you spend any time at all watching television, have seen  commercials touting those dating services that will scientifically find just the “right match” for you if you happen to be single. It begs the question…what did people do before these services came into existence? How were those “matches made in heaven” discovered? Could it possibly be that they truly were made in heaven after all? Let’s consider this possibility as we examine the referenced text, and along with it, the effectiveness of expectant prayer.

Here in the 24th chapter of Genesis, we are informed that Abraham, who by this time is quite old, directs his chief servant to go and find a wife for his son Isaac. He gives him specific instructions as to where to seek for a bride, ( it is to be a woman from his homeland), and sends along “all kinds of good things” from his master. What an assignment! What responsibility! I mean, what is a man to do given such a task? The chief servant is not chief without reason. We discover that he is a wise man. He turns for direction to the One to whom he has observed his master turn to throughout his life…he turns to God in prayer. This servant knows how God has “blessed (Abraham) in every way” throughout his life. (Gen. 24:1) He wisely concludes that the Lord will also bless him in his task.  Now there are times that God does not immediately answer prayer, but encourages us to keep on praying. But there are also glorious moments that God brings an immediate response to our praying.  We are told that Before he had finished speaking Rebekah came out with a jar on her shoulder.” The servant had asked God for a specific sign regarding the woman who would become Isaac’s bride, and even before he finished praying… that sign… a girl carrying a water jug… was confirmed. God made it clear to the chief servant of Abraham that this woman, Rebekah, was the answer to his prayer! I believe this answered prayer was a reward. It rewarded Abraham’s faithfulness and God’s continued promised blessing upon him, that he would, indeed, become the father of a great nation. It rewarded the chief servant and his wisdom of emulating what he had seen his master do faithfully and successfully…pray. It rewarded Rebekah, whose offspring would become part of the messianic line, and it demonstrated God’s faithfulness and ability, for nothing is too great for God. Just like that, a prayer was answered. Don’t give up so easily when you pray.One more thought…are you single and looking for the perfect match? Why not do as Abraham’s servant did…pray expectantly! After all, God may surprise you with an answer even before you’re finished praying with a match made in heaven! Let’s pray!

Heavenly Father; Our prayers, we see, are not futile, wistful expressions, but powerful communication with You, the God of miracles. Teach us to trust. teach us to persevere. teach us expectancy as we pray…and surprise us, Lord, with those wonderful moments when our prayers are answered even before we finish praying. Thank you, gracious Lord, for your extraordinary love. Amen

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