Abraham wants to push God’s plan to bless him.
God had promised him many descendants by way of Isaac. Now he was old and getting ready to depart his life. To leave Isaac unmarried, i.e. not in train with having children to make God’s plan a reality, seemed to Abraham like leaving unfinished business.
Or maybe it was just the thing of the day to have fathers arrange marriages for their children. Maybe I’m making too much of Abraham’s insistence that his trusted servant find Isaac a bride. And according to specification too. Not from among the people among whom he increased in wealth, “you will not get a wife for my son from the Canaanites among whom I live, but you will go to my country and to my kindred and get a wife for my son Isaac”.
Way back then, people had their preferences (or prejudices) concerning which woman or women would make good wives. It was not that the people Abraham left behind were more god- fearing because his close relationship with God didn’t start until he was called away from them.
Anyway, I get a glimpse of Abraham’s optimistic faith in his readiness to release his servant from obligation to bring a woman who may be suitable but would be unwilling to return with him. He is unlike many who cannot let go if needs be. Letting go might very well mean giving way to God’s way. Right?
Abraham wants a wife for Isaac from among his own people, but he definitely does not want his son to return to the place whence they came. They have to keep moving forward, forward into what God has in store. My own guess is that he prayed for and knew that his servant would find just the right woman, which we shall, see, he did.
How stress-free life can be when we go along with and God’s adventure!
You are older than the world can be,
You are younger than the life in me.
Ever old and ever new,
Keep me travelling along with you
Sydney Carter .