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Praying IN Success

Words of Faith Final

Praying IN Success
Words of Faith 4-29-2022
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy © 2022
Faith Fellowship Church - Melbourne, FL
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Genesis 24
    [22] When the camels had finished drinking, the man took out a gold nose ring weighing a beka and two gold bracelets weighing ten shekels. [23] Then he asked, "Whose daughter are you? Please tell me, is there room in your father's house for us to spend the night?"
    [24] She answered him, "I am the daughter of Bethuel, the son that Milcah bore to Nahor." [25] And she added, "We have plenty of straw and fodder, as well as room for you to spend the night."
    [26] Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord, [27] saying, "Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master's relatives."
    [28] The girl ran and told her mother's household about these things. [29] Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, and he hurried out to the man at the spring. [30] As soon as he had seen the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister's arms, and had heard Rebekah tell what the man said to her, he went out to the man and found him standing by the camels near the spring. [31] "Come, you who are blessed by the Lord," he said. "Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels."
    [32] So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and fodder were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet. [33] Then food was set before him, but he said, "I will not eat until I have told you what I have to say."

          Jewelry is always a good idea, especially if you want a woman to travel a great distance and marry someone she has not seen! Actually, the choice of a marriage partner in this society was not made by the young woman, but by her family. The jewelry would have been impressive to them. Eliezer gave Rebekah a gold nose ring weighing a beka (or about 1/5 ounce) and two gold bracelets weighing 10 shekels (4 ounces). Surely this would get him in the door!
         So Eliezer, the first matchmaker (after the Lord, of course), asked if there was a room at Rebekah's father's house to stay overnight. Rebekah revealed her kindness by offering him not only a place to stay but also food for the camels.   Upon arriving at the ranch, Rebekah's brother Laban was immediately impressed by the jewelry gifts and invited Eliezer and his men in. Now the process of negotiation could begin.  
          Eliezer might have paused to pat himself on the back at this point. After all, he had swiftly made contact with Rebekah, turned her head with gifts, and arranged to stay in her home. He was set for the final negotiations, and a bride for Isaac was almost in the bag! But Eliezer is never self-impressed.
         Instead, Eliezer paused to bow down and worship the Lord. "Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to my master's relatives."
         Interestingly, we often forget the Lord in our times of success. We tend to call upon the Lord much more when we find ourselves in trouble or at a time of frustration and failure. Not Eliezer. Things could not have been going better. He was going to be up for "butler of the year."  He might have even asked for a raise! But instead of claiming this success, Eliezer paused to give glory to God and offer humble thanks to the Lord for His favor and leading.
          Has something gone right for you?   Have things been going well? This is actually a dangerous time. In times of success, we tend to drift away from our close dependence upon the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord. He is good. His love endures forever.

            Praise be to the Lord, the God of Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to me. I give thanks to the Lord, who has led me on my journey to where He wants me to be. In Jesus' name.

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© Jeffrey D. Hoy 2022
Dr. Jeffrey D. Hoy - Faith Fellowship Church (EFCA)        
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