12 Then he prayed, “O LORD, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.”
Genesis 24:12 (NIV)
This verse from Genesis is found in the account of Abraham sending his servant to find a wife for Isaac. As I was reading through the account this morning, I was struck by the simple fact that Abraham’s servant knew Abraham’s God. Ponder that for a moment. How does the servant of Abraham get to know Abraham’s God? Abraham’s God was showing.
There is actually a great deal we learn about Abraham in this simple account recorded in Genesis 24. Not only does the servant (who is never named) know Abraham’s God—he also trusts Abraham’s God. The servant prays expectantly that God would give him a sign.
12 Then he prayed, “O LORD, God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14 May it be that when I say to a girl, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”
Genesis 24:12-14 (NIV)
Abraham’s faith and trust in God flowed into the lives of those who lived with him. His servant grew to know and trust the God of Abraham from the example left for him. Notice also the respect and care he shows for his master when he asks that Abraham would be shown “kindness.” Again, we can assume that this care for Abraham and his request for kindness flows from the kindness he has been shown.
So what does this mean for us today? Simple—is your God showing? Do those around you see Him? Do your co-workers, those who report to you, and those who interact with you see God in you? Do they witness the fruit of Kindness in your life?
I have long believed that we need to live lives of intentionality. (If that’s not a word, it should be.) We are the living representation of Christ in this world. We are called to be His witnesses in a world of darkness and confusion.
16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
SOMETHING TO PONDER: How can you intentionally let your God show at work? In your neighborhood? How have you witnessed God in the lives of others?