God ordains my steps even in the presence of people who have little or no relationship with Him.

Genesis 24:49-51

49 And now, if you will deal kindness and truth (to) my owner and master, make (it) known[1] to me, and, if not, make (it) known[2] to me and I will turn to the right hand or the left hand[3].

50 Laban and Bethuel answered, and they said, “This thing has come out from (The Lord) Yahweh.  We’re not able to say to you (that it’s) good or evil.  51 Look, Rebekah (is) before you, take (her) and go, and she will be a wife for the son of your owner and master just as (The Lord) Yahweh spoke.

Application

Abraham’s slave wanted an answer from Laban and Bethuel as to whether he could take Rebekah as a wife for Isaac?  He said, “If you will deal kindly with me, let me know, and, if not, let me know.  Guys, don’t mess me around.  Do you think that this is from God or not?

Although Laban and Bethuel answered that the word had come out from Yahweh, they actually didn’t seem to have been able tell if this was God or not.  However, they proceeded to say, “Here’s the girl… Look!  Rebekah’s there before you.  Take her and go.”  In other words, we don’t want to get struck down by God for doing the wrong thing, so you’d better take her with you.

God ordains my steps even in the presence of people who have little or no relationship with Him.  It’s not about me and what I want to achieve, but all about Yahweh and His intention to bring His will on the earth.  One could ask whether it was His will that man should sin?  Well, not at all, but if God hadn’t given men and angels their own free will, all living creatures would just be puppets, and God didn’t need a puppet show, He wanted mankind as vessels in which to pour His love.  I’m to receive Him freely in love, give myself freely because of his love, and obey Him because He is working everything I do in obedience together for good… that’s what being called according to His purposes means.

Prayer

Father, please refresh me with Your love, help me to lay down my life because of Your love, and enable me and embolden me to abbey because of both Your love for me and my desire to show love for You.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


[1] נָגַד – nagad – Strongs 5046 – (v) – “tell/told/declare/reported/make known/to be conspicuous/tell/expound/announce/report/have reported to/publish/proclaim/to avow/acknowledge/confess/to be told/to be announced/be reported/answered/anoth/certainly told/confess/disclose/explain/inform/messenger/related/”

[2] נָגַד – nagad – Strongs 5046 – (v) – “tell/told/declare/reported/make known/to be conspicuous/tell/expound/announce/report/have reported to/publish/proclaim/to avow/acknowledge/confess/to be told/to be announced/be reported/answered/anoth/certainly told/confess/disclose/explain/inform/messenger/related/”

[3] שְׂמֹאל – sâmo‘wl, sâmo‘l – Strongs 8040 – (n . m) – “the left/the left hand/the left side/north (north is left as one faces the sunrise)”