no matter what, he’s not going back there…

This year I decided to start at the beginning of the Bible and read it as I have been over the last two years…very slooowly. In doing so, I have been amazed {and, to my dismay, a bit caught off guard} as to how much stuff I have missed or overlooked in my typical ‘race’ to get through with my reading-for-the-day. I think know I read novels more intently and with more concentration than the Bible.

Which is totally brainless. Because the Bible is God’s living Word. It’s fresh each day and has new revelations every time you delve in. So you would think we would read it in that light, right? {…um, yeah. Usually not.} We go to the familiar verses because they are our favorites, but have we ever stopped to sink into the ‘cracks and crevices’ of the Bible for the hidden gems? I know I didn’t. {And I’ve read the Bible completely through over 13 times. Scary, isn’t it?}

Following the pathHere’s what stood out to me this morning. Abraham was called by God to leave the place he grew up in {family and all} and head to the country God wanted to give him. So Abraham obeys. Now, I won’t go into everything about that story {I’ll leave that for you to read}, but today was when Sarah had just died and Abraham wanted to find a wife for their son, Isaac. So he’s giving his servant instructions on what he wants…

‘And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh, that I may make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”’ {Genesis 24:2-4, ESV}

And that part is usually what is talked about most. ‘Abraham didn’t want his son inter-marrying with people that didn’t serve God as he did.’…etc, etc, etc.

But let’s slow down and hear what is really the matter of importance to Abraham…

‘The servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came?” Abraham said to him, “See to it that you do not take my son back there. The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,” He will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. But…if the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be free from this oath of mine; only you must not take my son back there.” {Genesis 24: 5-8, ESV, emphasis mine}

Interesting. You would think if Abraham was so concerned to have his son’s wife come from there, that he would be open to Isaac heading back there himself to find a lady he liked. But he wasn’t. Abraham must have realized that if God had ‘took’ him from the area where he had grown up, it was very possible that if Isaac returned to get a wife…he might just decide to stay there. And that was not okay with Abraham. In fact, he told his servant that he was actually released from the oath if the lady wouldn’t go with him.

Pretty powerful, huh?

‘I want you to go there and get a wife for my son. But. He is not allowed to go back there…himself. God called me away from there and we will not return. Even if it means there will be no one for Isaac to marry.’

Which takes us back to another instance when Abraham trusted God to fulfill what He had promised when he was asked to sacrifice Isaac. His only son. I mean, surely God must have realized that you can’t have descendants if you don’t have children to produce them….right?

But Abraham trusted then. And he trusted now.

‘If the lady won’t return, you’re free from this oath between us.’ In other words, Abraham was willing to leave the descendant-thing in the hand of God…again. ‘But whatever happens, Isaac is not going back to where I was called from.’

Talking about following God and not looking back.

Wonder if I’m that willing to relinquish promises into the hands of God, trusting He will find a way to fulfill them, no matter how impossible the circumstance might appear?

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