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Do You Seek The Lord's Guidance?     Feb. 17, 2007     Gen. 24:34-48

    How often do we pray like Abraham's servant did? I think we do not pray as specifically as we ought. God no doubt led him in this prayer, and his boldness is refreshing. Today I covenanted with a friend to pray specifically concerning a very important matter. We will seek further the Lord's guidance. May I ask you: Do You Seek The Lord's Guidance?

1. Seek The Lord's Guidance . . Recognizing Your Task. 24:34-41

A. Remembering The . . Giver Of the Task. 24:34-35
    34 "I am Abraham's servant," he said. 35 "The Lord has greatly blessed my master, and he has become rich. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female slaves, and camels and donkeys.

B. Remembering The . . Gifts Of the Lord. 24:36
36 Sarah, my master's wife, bore a son to my master in her old age, and he has given him everything he owns.

C. Remembering The . . Goal Of the Task. 24:37-39
37 My master put me under this oath: 'You will not take a wife for my son from the
daughters of the Canaanites in whose land I live 38 but will go to my father's household
and to my family to take a wife for my son.' 39 But I said to my master, 'Suppose the
woman will not come back with me?'

D. Remembering The . . Guidance For The Task. 24:40-41
40 He said to me, 'The Lord before whom I have walked will send His angel with you and make your journey a success, and you will take a wife for my son from my family and from my father's household. 41 Then you will be free from my oath if you go to my family and they do not give her to you--you will be free from my oath.

        Abraham gave the task of getting Isaac a wife to his servant with specifics for its fulfillment. The servant evidently respected Abraham and believed God's blessing rested on him. This servant knew how God blessed Sarah in giving her a son, and God blessed Isaac with the many gifts he inherited. The goal for this servant was to find God's choice of a wife for Isaac. Abraham promised guidance of the Lord's angel, and success in his assignment. Today we need to follow the leading of the Holy Spirt for direction in the tasks we are given.

2. Seek The Lord's Guidance . . Relying On The Lord. 24:42-44

A. Relying On The Lord For The . . Direction Of Prayer. 24:42-43
42 "Today when I came to the spring, I prayed: Lord, God of my master Abraham, if
only You will make my journey successful! 43 I am standing here at a spring. Let the
virgin who comes out to draw water, and I say to her: Please let me drink a little water
from your jug,

B. Relying On The Lord For The . . Details Of Prayer. 24:44-
44 and who responds to me, 'Drink, and I'll draw water for your camels also'--let
her be the woman the Lord has appointed for my master's son.

        We can be directed by God in our prayer life. He will give us the thoughts and requests
to pray if we walk with Him. As a parent your child at times will come and thrill your heart by asking for the very things you desire for him or her. Children may ask your blessing on something you rejoice in them receiving. Our children can be submissive to our wants, and maybe we did not specifically tell them what we desired but God told them. Abraham was specific in the details of his prayer. I had a friend who used to illustrate specific prayer by saying, "if you want pepperoni on your pizza, ask for it. God expects us to request the desires of our hearts.

3. Seek The Lord's Guidance . . Rejoicing In The Lord's Provision. 24:45-48

A. Rejoicing In The Lord's . . Rapid Answer To Prayer. 24:45-46
45 "Before I had finished praying in my heart, there was Rebekah coming with her jug
on her shoulder, and she went down to the spring and drew water. So I said to her:
Please let me have a drink. 46 She quickly lowered her jug from her shoulder and said,
'Drink, and I'll water your camels also.' So I drank, and she also watered the camels.

B. Rejoicing In The Lord's . . Rightness Of The Answer To Prayer. 24:47-48
47 Then I asked her: Whose daughter are you? She responded, 'The daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor, whom Milcah bore to him.' So I put the ring on her nose and the bracelets on her wrists. 48 Then I bowed down, worshiped the Lord, and praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who guided me on the right way to take the daughter of my master's brother for his son. HCSB

            Have you receive rapid answers to all your prayers? I dare say most have not! But it ispossible and Abraham's servant got what he came after on his first try. Quick answers do not always guarantee the Lord's doing but in this case He obviously worked. The rightness of the answer fit every detail of the prayer, and further confirmations amazed this servant. He rejoiced in the answers. Some people believe God led them to move to a new location and they sold their home in a few days. My wife and
I have never had a quick sale on a home. On one occasion it took four years for our home to sell, but during those days God taught us some lessons about trust and peace we would not have gained in an other manner. In concluding this brief commentary let's each ask; Do You Seek The Lord's Guidance? Hopefully our answers will bring a resounding yes. Amen? Amen!