I Will Not Eat
And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on. ~Genesis 24:33
Sometimes, when little children throw a fit, they might tell their parents, “I’m not hungry,” or, “I’m not eating.” That, more or less, is a child’s stubborn reaction of disapproval of a parent’s decision. While we might smile at a child’s reaction, we might consider an adult’s response as being more serious. Let us see lessons from a man sent on a mission who said, “I will not eat, until I have told mine errand.”
We see the responsibility.
“But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.” The chief steward of Abraham’s household was sent on a mission to Abraham’s home country to find a wife for Isaac. He was not to take a wife for Isaac from among the women of Canaan, but, specifically, from Abraham’s kindred. Symbolically, it is a beautiful picture of the work of the Christian in winning souls to Christ and building His church, the bride of Christ.
We see the request.
“And he said, O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and shew kindness unto my master Abraham.” The servant knew that the mission he was sent on was the most important one ever given to him. As he arrived in Padanaram, he came to a well where he prayed for God to bless him on this mission for the sake of Abraham and to show him the bride for Isaac. His prayer was in faith and specific in nature. We can learn much from this servant’s prayer. Most important is that we learn the importance of praying for specific results. I think of John 15:7-8 and how he embodied a life and praying that God answered.
We see the resolve.
As soon as the servant finished praying, God brought Rebekah to the well. The servant watched in amazement at how she did everything that he had prayed for. After he told her who he was and why he came, she brought him to her home to meet her father and brother. The family was very hospitable and wanted to have a meal with him before speaking with him. However, the servant said, “I will not eat, until I have told mine errand.” He was very focused on his mission. If we desire God to use us in a great way, we must be focused like this servant. We must have great resolve that we will not be distracted or moved from our calling. We must resolve that what we are called to do is more important than eating, making money, or having fun.
We see the reward.
Bethuel and Laban released Rebekah to go back with the servant. When they asked Rebekah, “Wilt thou go with this man?” she quickly replied, “I will go.” The winning of a soul to Christ is a great reward. “He that winneth souls is wise.” “They that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” The servant was rewarded for his diligence and faith.
We see the relationship.
The servant brought Rebekah to Isaac. He brought Isaac his bride. A relationship was consummated when she came to Isaac. Faith acceptance of our Lord Jesus Christ is the consummation of a relationship that is for all eternity. She entered Isaac’s family and became a recipient of all that Isaac owned. That is what happens when a sinner gets saved. He is blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. The servant was blessed because he maintained resolve and focus. Be committed and focused for the Lord’s work!
Have a focused God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: 2 Kings l-3