Obedience and a Loving Heart

Then Laban and Bethuel replied,
“The matter comes from the LORD; so we cannot speak to you bad or good.”

I’m reading through the book of Genesis again. This time in an older Bible with long forgotten notes from perhaps 20 years ago peppering the margins. In Genesis 24:50, I found 9 words written in my own handwriting in the margin. 

“Make this my response to all of Your word.”

Laban and Bethuel are responding to Abraham’s servant who was sent to find a wife for Abraham’s son Isaac, from the tribal family of Abraham. The back story is that they had just been powerfully confronted with a remarkable and very specific answer to prayer that Abraham’s servant had just recieved. It was so specific and so detailed that they understood immediately that God had truly moved. Everything was settled in that moment. 

Oh the brothers still stalled a bit to get Rebekah to stay a few days longer, but it was settled. It was settled for Rebekah, it was settled for Laban and Bethuel, it was settled for Abraham’s servant.

God had moved. They would all follow the path that God was laying out before them.

I want that kind of heart.

I want a heart that is immediately responsive to every word in the word of God and every leading of His Spirit. The whole sequence in chapters 23-24 reminds me of a missionary speaker we had at Manchester Creek Community Church a few years back. “When you sense God leading you to do something, do it within three seconds.” It’s a simple piece of advice. And it is also profound. Disobedience is not an option so delay is not warranted.

So let’s pray for one another and for all the people in our lives. That our hearts would be quick to obey His word and the leading of His Spirit. So that every time people see us, the see us living passionately for and like Christ.


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