Genesis 24:10 -15: God of surprises.

“10 Then the servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels loaded with all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim[a] and made his way to the town of Nahor. 11 He made the camels kneel down near the well outside the town; it was towards evening, the time the women go out to draw water.  12 Then he prayed, ‘Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful 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 young woman, “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.’ 15 Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor.” NIV UK

Answers to prayer don’t always come so quickly, and they are not always so surprising (15). Nevertheless, God does amazing things, again and again, in answer to the prayers of His people. Oh yes He does! Be absolutely convinced of this.

Many church leaders are tempted to achieve ‘’success’’ (12) by working for it. Well, it’s not wrong to work. Abraham’s servant would not have fulfilled his mission by relaxing at home. There was work for him to do. But it can be easier to work than to pray. All true success is born of prayer. Prayer and work should be married – not divorced! Prayers do not have to be lengthy. It appears the servant shot up an ‘arrow’ prayer at this point. The important thing is that the prayer – whether it is long or short – must come from a true heart, eager to know God’s blessing and ways.

It has been said that nothing succeeds so terribly as success without God. It is possible for prayer-less work to appear impressive; but a day is coming when the true worth of each person’s work will be unveiled (1 Corinthians 3:10ff).

Another outstanding feature of these verses is the love and loyalty of the servant towards his master (12b, 14b). May our hearts be so devoted to the Lord Himself, that our deepest desires are for His good pleasure and will.

PRAYER: Lord God, may your Name be honoured, your Kingdom come, and your will be done on earth as in heaven. I pray that my whole life will be about pleasing you and serving your purposes, and that any ‘success’ I have will be God-given.