The Sweet Christian Bride

Thought for the Week: Genesis 24:48

by admin on September 30, 2012 in Faith, Thought for the Week with No Comments

“…and I bowed down and worshiped the LORD. I praised the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road to get the granddaughter of my master’s brother for his son” (Genesis 24:48).

Planning a Christian wedding is an interesting endeavor.  Of course we want our weddings to be in God’s will and to bring Him glory.  Figuring out which decisions will lead to that, however, is an intricate process of hearing from God, which doesn’t always come easily.  He speaks in many ways: through His Word, through His body of believers, through His Holy Spirit, through logic, through reflection, etc.  The tricky part is hearing Him in time for wedding deadlines.

A common communication tactic that is used when we are seeking God’s will on a timeline is to move forward in the best way we know how and let God “open the door” or “shut the door” as He sees fit.  This allows Him to guide our steps as we walk forward in faith.  The trouble with this communication tactic, however, is that it’s easy to move forward towards our own wills and assume that if God doesn’t prevent us from doing what we want to do then He approves.  I am certainly very familiar with this lie.  So how do we know what’s of God and what’s of ourselves?

Looking at the passage above,  Abraham’s chief servant was commissioned to find a wife from Abraham’s kin for Isaac.  Abraham gave him instruction and spelled out the purpose for the mission.  Abraham then encouraged his servant and reminded Him that God was going before Him.  The chief servant then chose a communication tactic with which to hear from the Lord, and when he believed that God had blessed his endeavor, he waited silently to confirm (v21).  When he was sure that the Lord had blessed His decision, his response was to bless the Lord.

To me, that’s the clue for when I’m using the open/closed door test as a communication tactic to hear from God or as a ploy to serve my own interest.  Is the end result that I am in worship?  If I have communed with the Lord, then I will respond in worship; I will bless the Lord.  If I’m moving forward through an “open door,” however, without responding in worship, I probably haven’t actually heard from God, or at least I haven’t received His words with an honorable heart.

Lord, where am I pushing my will onto Yours?  Forgive me.  Guide my steps to move forward in faith and tune my ears to hear Your voice.  Let Your will be the one I seek.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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