I woke up this morning sick, but alive. I was cut off in the parking lot, but on time for class. My laptop battery is defective, but I have a computer. I have a lot to do, but the Lord has given me the strength to do it. For whatever minor distraction or flaw, there is a world of blessing for which to be grateful. Praise the Lord for his greatness, his provision, and grace!
I don’t know why, but today I’m very happy. Actually, I do know why. It isn’t the result of a changed situation, but rather a righted orientation. Last night I had a sweet time of reading Scripture and praying. I’ve missed that.
As an aside, going through the Bible with the Young Adult group at church has been wonderful. Last night we read Genesis 24 and about Isaac and Rebekah. So much could be said of the passage, but I found question that Abraham’s servant asked to be particularly poignant. “Now then, if you are going to show steadfast love and faithfulness to my master, tell me; and if not, tell me, that I may turn to the right hand or to the left.” (24:29) The servant is asking for Rebekah to make a decision whether or not to love a man she had not seen, asking for the consent of parents in order that their daughter might be taken from them to a place they did not know, among a people of whom they were not familiar. And the question wasn’t whether she would try to make it work, it was a decision that she firmly would make. And the striking feature is the term that the servant uses. He asks about her steadfast love, her covenant-keeping love, her hesed love. Steadfast isn’t an adjective appended to the word love, but this particular love is a faithful love. This is the love that is characterized by God, and in fact just prior the servant had burst forth in praise for the Lord “Blessed be the LORD, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his steadfast love and his faithfulness toward my master.” (24:27) This is not a commentary on dating or relationships, but an observation that in life we must make the same decision to love. As believers, we can offer unconditional hesed love by the Spirit’s power, and we must. They will know that we are Christians by our love.
PS. A special thanks to a special friend for the encouragement last night and reminder. I took your advice and I’m feeling much better.