I have been reading in Genesis 24, and today’s reading once again provided a deep truth.
In Genesis 24, we have the account of when Abraham requested that his servant Eleazar would find a wife for his son, Isaac. (You might need to study the culture of the times back then to understand some of the actions taken.)
What drew my attention as I read was the faith and preparations that Eleazar made to fulfill Abraham’s request. (Eleazar was like Abraham’s Administrative Assistant, and it is obvious that Abraham fully trusted Eleazar and Eleazar likewise.) Eleazar was to travel to the land of Abraham’s kin and to find a wife for Isaac, Abraham’s son, and to bring this wife back. Eleazar departs, leaving with ten camels.
The significance here is that he is prepared to either look the fool or to receive the answer to his faith/mission. Ten camels was an act of faith. Eleazar left fully prepared to return with a bride for Isaac, her personal servants, and her possessions. Eleazar’s preparations demonstrate that he is fully expecting to fulfill his master’s request.
What struck me is the following:
Sometimes we don’t believe big so we don’t prepare big. Eleazar either went looking the fool or the believer, depending on your own perspective/faith. He was willing to look the fool in order to receive what God had prepared.
Sometimes, our faith requires us to look the fool in order to receive the results of our belief.
Have you ever had a time in your life when you had to step out, prepare big, and dream big, in order to receive big?
A 10-camel caravan represented Eleazar’s faith in action. He was prepared to return with Isaac’s future bride, her servants, and her personal possessions.
I needed this reminder:
If I want to receive the abundance of God’s supply, my actions and preparations need to be in proportion to what I receive. My actions and preparations need to be in accordance with my request.
There are many events in Scripture where God asked for obedient action before He provided the answers.
It’s impossible though to obey if you don’t believe. It’s impossible to trust if you don’t believe God is a good Father.
The first step today might be to receive the outpouring of His love for you and me.