Isaac & Rebekah • Devotion #5: Immediate Response
These days, we want everything fast. We want our food immediately once we order it. We want someone to respond to our text message the second that they receive it. We even get mad if our Amazon package takes longer than two days to arrive! It is incredible to think about this for a second, an item that you were able to order on the internet, from your couch, that is shipped from across the country, took longer than two days to show up on your porch and you are upset? The technology we have today, to have everything instantaneously is almost magic, and yet we still want it to be faster. We treat God like this in our prayer lives as well. He asks us to have patience, wait on Him, and we will see Him move. Other times, however, we are blessed to see an immediate response to our prayer. We see an example of this immediate response to prayer in the story of Isaac and Rebekah.
The last couple days we have been looking at different aspects of the story of Isaac and Rebekah from Genesis chapter 24. Abraham sends his servant with a seemingly impossible task, go to a different country, find a wife for my son, and bring her back here. I love verse 12, “And he said, ‘O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham.’” I imagine the servant sitting there thinking unless God shows up this is going to be impossible, so he goes to the Lord in prayer. As we have seen the last couple of days, the Lord brings Rebekah to the servant, and he accomplishes the goal Abraham gave him. In verse 26 we see the servant’s response, “The man bowed his head and worshiped the Lord.” He had his prayer answered, and he immediately worshiped the Lord to thank Him.
There is so much to learn from this Scripture when we look at it from the perspective of the servant. Daily we will find ourselves in situations that seem impossible unless God steps in the middle of it. It is at those moments that we need to bring our situation before God and ask Him to bless. So often, we do not see answers to prayer because we do not even ask Him to do something! You are mistaken if you think that God does not step in during your day-to-day life. He wants to, He is willing, and He wants us to ask Him to help. Abraham’s servant prayed and saw God immediately answer that prayer. We too can see God do incredible things like that in our life; we just need to commit to asking Him.