– He was charged with a seemingly impossible task! And sworn to it!
Abraham told him, “and I will have you swear by the LORD, God of heaven and God of earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I live, but will go to my land and my family to take a wife for my son Isaac.” (Genesis 24:3-4 HCS)
– The journey by itself would have been tremendous! 500 hundred miles, one way, by camel. Not knowing who he was looking for and where exactly she might be!
– Did he go by himself? This is doubtful. He was named as the chief servant of Abraham, and he probably took other servants with him but this action is not stated in the text. So the reader gets the idea that he went alone which was most likely intended. He was alone in his responsibility to the task, he was alone in his dedication to his master’s request, and he was alone in his desire to succeed for his master’s sake. No other servant was sworn to this assignment! It was his and his alone.
– This servant loaded up ten of his master’s camels with goods and gifts and then set out to complete his task. The only worry he had was that the girl, once he found her, might be unwilling to return with him.
“LORD, God of my master Abraham,” he prayed, “grant me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. I am standing here at the spring where the daughters of the men of the town are coming out to draw water. Let the girl to whom I say, ‘Please lower your water jug so that I may drink,’ and who responds, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels also’—let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. By this I will know that You have shown kindness to my master.” (Genesis 24:12-14 HCS)
– I wonder if he worshiped this God as well. He calls him “YAHWEH, God of my master”. If he knew this God as well would he not have addressed him differently? Perhaps. He knows something of this God: he knew this God to be powerful and knowing all things, he knew he had promised things to his master Abraham, he knew he is a being worthy of being worshiped, he knew to ask him for the success of his task. This servant prayed to God based on the relationship that Abraham had with him, and therefore asked for kindness for his master’s sake. Yes he may have begun to develop his own relationship with God but here he is asking for success because of God’s relationship with Abraham. Amazing!
– What boldness and confidence this man had to approach God. He was specific in his prayer. He told God exactly what he wanted and why. And he believed, even expected, that God would act on his behalf.
– The Scripture tells us that “before he had finished speaking” his prayer was answered!
– So what is my point, in all this? I was merely making some observations about this incredibly faithful servant. And how much I want to be like this! ;O)