Big job: Find the right life-partner for my son.

Abraham’s trusted servant had an important charge.

His master sent him to a different land, among a different people to find a different woman to be the bride of Abraham’s son. He was determined to prove himself worthy of the trust that had been invested in him. He wanted to do the job well.

What did he do first on arrival at his destination, the city of Nahor? Before actually entering the city, he prayed to God for success and lifted the welfare of his master to the Lord in prayer.

Even his camels (his master’s camels) had to relax, to pause as he went to meet the Lord. In this encounter, he spoke with God in a manner that indicated his confidence in God’s sovereignty – over the people and place he had left behind and over the people and places he was going to encounter. His conversation with God not only reflected his dependence upon God’s provision, but he seemed to know that God knew exactly what the need was.  He was very specific in his prayer, asking God for a fool-proof sign that would indicate his success. He didn’t have to tell God which woman to recommend for Isaac. Our perfect Lord had the woman 100 % fit. for his master’s son.

Do people still pray and ask God to guide their choice of a partner- marital partner, business partner, or otherwise? God knows each one of us so intimately, that God is placed to present the person best suited, most complementary to any one of us.

One advantage of having God, over our elders or parents choosing without God’s involvement, is that when we’re sure that God has sanctioned the partnership, we respect it. We’re better placed to weather the storms that arise- because even the best matches, matches made in heaven, are tested on earth!  Without God, many are tempted to think that they made a mistake marrying Dick or Tom. Maybe it should have been Harry, they might think. Wrong choice! And so the relationship ends because it’s base is not so secure.

Don’t think that I have no idea of how abusive some relationships, including marriages, may become. Yes, I am aware that divorce sometimes spells D-E-L-I-V-E-R-A-N-C-E.

I’m just wondering and believing that if we made the initial investment of well informed and guided choices of our mates, relationships would go much further in providing the stable companionship and partnership that God wants for us.

Sarum Primer

God be in my head
and in my understanding;
God be in my eyes
and in my looking;
God be in my mouth
and in my speaking;
God be in my heart
and in my thinking;
God be at my end
and in my departing



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