Is my heart open to God and His plans for me, or am I so consumed with my own plans, even ministry plans, that He has no place to stay

Genesis 24:22-23

22 And it was, just as the camels finished drinking, the man took a gold ring[1] weighing[2] a bekah[3] (which is 5-6 grams), and two bracelets[4] for[5] her hands weighing[6] ten (bekahs, i.e. 50-60 grams) of gold. 23 And he said, “Whose daughter (are) you?  Please tell me now.  Is there a place (in) your father’s house for us to spend the night?

Application

When we left off, Abraham’s slave, despite the amazing answer to prayer, was sitting there, gazing at the girl, and wondering whether, indeed, she really was God’s answer to prayer?

Apparently, he must have sensed that she was, because he delved into the treasures he had with him and brought out a ring weighing a bekah, or 5-6 grams of gold, which, in today’s market, is about $200 worth… PLUS two bracelets weighing ten times that amount.  i.e. over $2000 worth for watering the camels, not a bad wage for a few hours’ work.

Then Abraham’s slave asked the all-important questions of Rebekah, because she needed to be related to Abraham…. “Who are you?”  “What family do you come from?” and, “Is there a chance that we could stay the night?

Perhaps, these are still questions that God is asking me… Who am I?  Whose family do I belong to?  And, Is there a place in my home, my heart, for Him to come and stay the night?

Is my heart open to God and His plans for me, or am I so consumed with my own plans, even ministry plans, that He has no place to stay? … I am His, Yes, I need him to come in, and only He can tell me who I truly am.

Prayer

Father, thank you that You are my God.  Thank you that You love me and that You have a good plan for my life.  Thank you that You use my loss in order to make way for a much better plan, and I ask you to help me see past my circumstances and trust You.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


[1] נֶזֶם – nezem – Strongs 5141 – (n . m) – “earring/jewel/ring/nose ring/rings/ornamental ring”

[2] “it’s weight”

[3] בֶקע – beqa‘ – Stongs 1235 – (n . m) – “beka/half/part (there appear to be at least three different types of sheckel for measuring each of gold, silver and copper … this one is estimated to be 5-6 grams)

[4] צָמִיד, צָמִד – tsamiyd, tsamid – Strongs 6781 – (n . m) – “bracelet/jewellery worn around wrist/cover/lid/removable object to encose the top of a container”

[5] “on/over”

[6] “it’s weight”