The Secrets of Success
Sovereign Lord, through the reading of Your holy Word, open before me unimagined paths of growth and service.
Read Genesis 24:29-67
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
Ask the Lord to make you conscious of your network of friends, family and colleagues, and of how you interact with them for his glory.
In a popular reality TV show, “The Bachelor,” beautiful young women compete to gain the affection of a handsome guy. Previous years’ contestants are revisited to see which ones found lasting happiness. This is a far cry from the story of Isaac, an eligible young man, and his arranged marriage to his second cousin once removed, the beautiful woman (16) he came to love (67). Western society values freedom of choice and romantic love but this does not guarantee a successful marriage. Here in the USA, around 50 per cent of marriages fail. We could wish Christian marriages were significantly more lasting but, sadly, statistics show otherwise. My wife and I have been married 44 years. I would still not dare to say I know the secrets of success, but at the very least they include love (Eph. 5:25,28), faithfulness (Exod. 20:14), forgiveness (Eph. 4:32), physical intimacy (1 Cor. 7:3) and the encouragement and support of others (1 Thess. 5:11).
Well-known names abound in this story: Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah, and lesser characters, like Laban. We can learn most, however, from the nameless servant. He is like many unsung people of God in every age, the “good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:21,23), people of prayer, serving their Lord faithfully in quite ordinary situations, remaining anonymous in the overall scheme of things but crucial vehicles of God’s blessing in daily affairs. God does work highly effectively behind the scenes with such people but they, too, have chosen which path to follow. They, too, can make wrong choices and temporarily frustrate the purposes of God. Like Abraham’s servant, they may need reassurance that they can only do their best and that they might not always succeed (5,8).
Can you think of any unsung, ordinary people who positively influenced you in your walk with the Lord? Thank God for them and pray to have a positive impact on those who cross your path.
Lord, may I be faithful in the ordinary things of life: in relationships at work, at home, and in my church.
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