“Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to take the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son. Now then, if you are going to show steadfast love and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left.” (Genesis 24:48–49, ESV)
Now then, if you are going to show steadfast love and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left. When God leads us, He has an uncanny knack of leading us right to the place and to the person we need just at the moment we need them. That is what God does in response to our faith. This is how faith works.
As the servant of Abraham, now a thousand miles from home, comes into the tent of Laban, God has moved everything for this place and this moment. It was “for such a time as this” that all the dust and heat, cold nights and long days were endured.
Wrapping up his tale of his mission, this faith-filled servant speaks of worship and blessing the God who had directed him to Rebekah and the wild test that she passed without even knowing of it!
Now, like a high-stakes gambler with four aces, he goes “all-in” and calls Laban out. There, as the smells of the hot-cooked meal waft before him, there’s a question to be answered before the meal can be eaten. “Will you submit to the will of God, Laban?” Those aren’t the words he spoke but that was the question he was asking.
Laban had to choose to be faith-full or to reject the will of God for his daughter. To this unknown man, a servant no less, Laban was being asked to surrender his prize possession – his first-born daughter – to travel to a foreign land where he would never see her again! What would he do?
What would you do? If God asks you to make a choice and the evidence is overwhelming, what would be your response to Him? Even if the choice would mean a total change and a one-way trip?
Perhaps you are there today? And if you are, will you be like Laban and surrender to the plan of God for your life? Will you choose, “Yes!”?
Faith Filled Fridays hope to boost your trust in God and accelerate your daring and courage in everyday life. Dr. Matthew Lee Smith, Executive Director of Eagles In Leadership, writes each encouragement out of a heart that has known both great joy and great loss – his wife of 38 years, 5 months and 2 days was promoted to Heaven on November 11, 2017. Through every experience, God has proven Himself more than faithful and trustworthy. He welcomes your comments below.