“The servant said to him, ‘Suppose the woman is unwilling to follow me to this land? Should I have your son go back to the land you came from?’ ” (Genesis 24:5 HCSB)
Daniel Britt and Friends is a radio show in which Daniel interviews Southern Gospel singers and groups, and plays their songs. In one show, Daniel played a song about being willing to follow. The artist commented about getting various ideas from comments he hears people make. Certain words or phrases grabbed the artist, and a song is born. One story told illustrated a variation this process. The artist heard a group rehearsing what he heard as the phrase, “Let Him rain!” He commented to the other singer that he liked that thought. He was then informed that the song was “Let Him Reign!” At that point, in this artists mind, a song idea was born, leading him to sing of G-d’s Spirit raining upon us during various times of our lives.
It is similar for me, in that I hear a song or a phrase from a song, and I am led to study or write about it. One of the songs featured that day by Daniel Britt made mention of following our Lord. I tossed around ideas of willingness to follow Y’shuaJesus. I thought about times when I’d yield my will, accepted what I believe is the will of the Lord, and prepared myself to follow, finding later I was not actually be required to go in that direction. Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac, though wasn’t required to actually follow through—not that I’ve faced choices like Abraham’s, for sure.
I did a word search in my Bible on “follow.” I thought I might find some instances of Y’shuaJesus telling us about following, and perhaps who or what not to follow. I came first to Genesis and Abraham’s sending off a servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. A passage grabbed me, and I read the story of the servant finding Rebekah, and leading her to Isaac. The story intrigues me; it is filled with inspiration, hope, and life. I marveled at the dialogue between Abraham and his servant. His servant needs to clarify what he is to do if the woman won’t come back with him. Abraham answers simply, confidently, that G-d has given this land to him and his descendents, so Isaac is not to leave it. Furthermore, Abraham declares that the Lord will send an angel before. I marvel that Abraham just knew what was to happen, and exercised his faith with out wavering.
G-d is mighty in His ways, though they are mysterious to me. Yet G-d’s servants can know His will and have confidence in His ability to affect the outcome that He desires, that He wills.
Oh, Lord, not our will, but Your will be done on Earth! Enable us to follow where You lead, and exercise faith and confidence in the doing.
Lord Bless, Keep, and Shine upon you and through you. AMEN!