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Genesis 24
The picture we get of Abraham here is wonderfully warm and encouraging.

The scenario is clear: Sarah has died, and Isaac is the heir of the promise made by God, but he is not married - how will the promise pass on?

Abraham calls his household manager in. He makes him swear an oath - to go back to Abraham's homeland and find a wife for Isaac.

The obvious question emerges: what if the woman found does not want to come back to Isaac, and the new land?

Abraham's response shows the depth of his faith, as it has developed through experiencing the steadfastness of God. Have a read of verses 6-9...

The foundation for Abraham's faith is the action of God in history - he rattles off the consistency of God, and there it is - 'I trust him'.

In fact, as we sometimes struggle at the moment (and many of us are, even with the good things of God which rattle our comfortable cages!), this is a good exercise to do: sit, and consider all the things God has delivered as he promises. And there is your bedrock: the consistent and faithful trustworthiness of God to do exactly as he says!

Prayer:

Father, remind me daily of your consistency. Open my eyes not to complaint but to consistency - your consistency to deliver as you promise. Still my tongue and heart from bitterness, and fill them with praise for you! Amen.
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Genesis 24
Did you ever think you would read such a thing?

Look at verse 1...

Abraham has reached old age.

Abraham is blessed by God in everything.

And the assumption is - and this is borne out by the episode that follows - that as Abraham's age has grown, so have the roots of his faith in God - and his trust that God does as he promises.

There is great encouragement here for us as we walk through this broken world, living on the promises of God!

Prayer:

Father, continue to remind me of your promises in the events of every day life. Continue to grow my faith in you, and to hold it fast where it should be held. Amen.
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