Don’t Get in My Way
And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master. ~Genesis 24:56
Perhaps one of the most frustrating thigs for me is when I encounter an unexpected delay. A delay could hinder you from being at an appointment at a certain time or receiving an answer that you were anticipating at a certain time, could be through travel plans that are interrupted, or could be an arrival that is put off. We try to plan for delays, but sometimes, to no avail. The greatest delay is when you are hindered from fulfilling an important mission. Abraham’s servant told the family of Rebekah, “Hinder me not.” In other words, “Don’t delay me from getting back to my master.”
We see the assignment.
The servant of Abraham was sent to the country of Padanaram to find a wife for Isaac. He was given very specific instructions. If he was successful, he was to bring the new bride to be back home quickly. If he was not successful, he would return and be cleared of any further responsibility. The servant is a picture of our responsibility of doing the will of God and winning the unsaved to Christ. We have been given the assignment to be Christ’s witnesses throughout the world. One day, we will give a report to our Lord as to our faithfulness and fruitfulness.
We see the accomplishment.
The servant preceded his mission with prayer. He took his assignment very seriously and realized that he needed God to lead him in this matter. He met Rebekah at a well, and every trait he prayed for she fulfilled at that location. He introduced himself and discovered that she was the one he was looking for. When we are wholly submitted to the mission that the Lord has given us, He wonderfully directs us with perfect precision and timing. The servant went home with her, shared his testimony and mission to her family, and told everyone he knew that his mission was accomplished. He found the wife for Isaac! It is a wonderful fulfillment when we trust in the Lord, obey him to the “T,” and watch the plan unfold for His glory.
We see the accountability.
Rebekah’s family wanted Rebekah and the servant to stay a few more days. The servant knew that this would delay him from bringing her home. He told them, “Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way.” He was telling them, “The Lord has blessed me in the endeavor I have come here for: don’t hinder me from going back. Don’t slow me down. Don’t keep me from giving a report to my master.” We face many temptations that seek to slow us down from finishing what God has called us to do. There are financial delays, family delays, fatigue delays, and “fun” delays. Delays hinder progress. Delays remove the sense of urgency. Delays result in failure. Do not let well-meaning people or personal opportunities keep you from being fully accountable to the Lord.
We see the advancement.
Rebekah sensed the urgency of the servant and told her family that she was going home with the man. She and the servant went home to Isaac. Isaac saw her afar off and ran to meet her. He was thankful that the servant had come home promptly, and the servant was delighted that he did what his master expected of him. Let us always abound in the work of the Lord and have the spiritual discipline to avoid letting delays hinder us. “Hinder me not, seeing the LORD hath prospered my way.”
Have an unhindered God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Psalms 86-89