Today’s Reading: Genesis 24
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Key Verse: Genesis 24:58
Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go.”
Sarah, Isaac’s mother, had passed away three years earlier. No doubt Isaac was lonely. In fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham, it was necessary that Abraham become a grandfather to Isaac’s children. God’s purposes in the human family are developed by human co-operation. So Abraham’s right-hand man travelled from present-day Israel, through Jordan and Iraq to Kuwait (Mesopotamia) to find family and a bride for Isaac. What a beautiful story of God’s choice…a faithful servant, an amazing young woman (watering those camels was not an easy task), and willing parents. The words, “The camels are coming” (verse 63), speak to the fact that people, even animals, may do God’s will if they make the right choice.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Father God, just as the faithful servant worshipped You every time another step was taken in fulfilling Your plan, so I worship You for Your will being done in and through me. Amen!
May I suggest that we all pray the “Our Father” or as it is known, “The Lord’s prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13)?
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
There are sermons that I’ve heard which I’ve never forgotten. One was by Rev. Anders Nisbel, assistant to Lutheran Bishop, Martin Lonebo of Linshepping, Sweden. Anders was a student at our Crossroads School of Broadcasting and Communications in Toronto. I team-preached with Bishop Lonebo in Sweden and he spoke of the absolute necessity of using TV for Jesus’ message. In his message to our staff, Anders said, “Have you ever met a camel? They smell bad. They have a bad temper. They can be unpredictable and they never forget. They are like television, it may be a big challenge, but we must ride the camels. The reason Christian North Africa became Islamic was that the Muslim missionaries were on camels winning the desert tribes to Mohammed, and the Christians were comfortable in their coastal cities, unconcerned about those in the interior who did not know Christ.” I say, “Let’s get on those camels and ride.” (Our School of Broadcasting now has graduates in over 80 countries).
Yours for all our grads and those now in the Intern program at Crossroads,
P.S. Below is a photo from my first of eight summer healing services every Sunday night at 6:00 pm at the Crossroads Centre Chapel. Each person who wanted prayer I anointed with oil, as we’re instructed in the book of James. Then each one was individually prayed for by a team of ministers and church elders. It was a wonderful time in God’s presence and exercising “mustard seed” faith! Here is more about my summer healing services.