Friday, March 16, 2012

Are You Blessed for Success?

Have you ever found yourself needing to make a decision, but not sure what to do? You're not alone.  This is not a success strategy for making right decisions. Rather a reminder as to how to tap into a resource that will help you make those decisions.

In Genesis 24, Abraham commissions one of his servants with the task of finding a bride for Isaac. But there are criteria that must be met. Not so strict that it was "Mission Impossible," and yet not so broad that a simple "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe" would suffice. There had to be some discernment. And after all, he wanted to do Abraham proud.  

The main stipulation was where to go find the young lady. Other than that, he was on his own as to how to select the future bride for Isaac.  As he settled into the region where Abraham sent him, he found himself with no clear way of deciding who to pick. What would you do? Pray?

That's what the servant did. I find his prayer very interesting and encouraging. His prayer was simple:
"O Lord, God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day." (Genesis 24:12)
Have you ever stopped and asked the Lord to give you success with a decision? Seems like a good place to start. But how often do we simply just charge into a process or decision with a "I got this!" attitude? Sure seems fitting to stop long enough to ask the one who gives all wisdom for enough insight to accomplish our mission. But we can not just say a prayer and sit back. We have to be willing to act on faith that God hears our prayer and will answer us with the best response for our good and His glory.

By the way, God granted success to the servant. He was able to narrow the field of young ladies down to exactly the one he should take home to Isaac. It's a great story to read. Check it out here.

Have you ever had to make a decision and started with prayer? How did it work out?

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