How often does this type of situation pop up in our life?

In Genesis 24, Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for Isaac, Abraham's son.  Abraham has some pretty specific directions for the servant (24:1-9), and the servant in turn asks God for some pretty specific evidence (24:10-14).  The moment the servant is done praying, God answers the servant's request literally word for word by providing Rebekah, Isaac's soon-to-be wife.  It's amazing!  

But THEN what does the servant do?  "The [servant] gazed at [Rebekah] in silence to learn whether the Lord has prospered his journey or not" (24:21).

WOW.  Here, God is providing exactly how Abraham and the servant would've expected Him to.  But instead of grabbing the provision and running off with it without thinking twice, the servant "gazed in silence", taking a moment for God to affirm that it was, in fact, HIS provision and not just mere coincidence.  It's trusting God not only for provision, but for discernment and peace as well.  Let Him be the giver and creator of all things!

To look at it the other way, though, you could totally knock the servant by saying: "God answered his prayer verbatim, and he STILL needed to ask Him if that was His provision?  What a faithless, fearful wimp!"  I understand that argument completely, and would almost agree with you... but I'm reminded that God wants us to submit EVERYthing in our lives to Him as a sacrifice, EVEN THE VERY PROVISION WE'VE BEEN PRAYING FOR NON-STOP.  The very thing that He gives to us is HIS.  It's not "ours" once He gives it - He wants it to be surrendered right back to Him the moment it enters our hands.

I'm encouraged by this and challenged by this all at the same time.  I hope the same goes for you, too.

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