Today’s Scripture: And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master. GenesisĀ 24:14

What’s the best way to determine God’s will? Plan and pray. Abraham commissioned his servant, Eliezer, to find a wife for his son, Isaac. She could not be from the surrounding Canaanite nations, for they worshipped false gods. Eliezer was to return to Haran and choose a woman from Abraham’s family line.

Such a task appeared overwhelming. How in the world would Eliezer find the right woman among the countless hundreds in Abraham’s native country? Any woman would have loved to marry into Abraham’s wealthy family. But not any woman would do for Isaac. So Eliezer brought the matter before the God of Abraham. His request was simple, yet direct. The wife God had appointed for Isaac must, by her hospitality, demonstrate characteristics of a virtuous woman. God answered his prayer.

Eliezer had to make plans before God would answer his prayer. God could have spared him the trip and led Rebekah to meet him halfway. But instead, God honored the servant’s planning and preparation. He did everything he knew to do and entrusted the unknown variables to God.

We often use God’s sovereignty as an excuse to do nothing. Since He’s in control, we believe He will magically execute His purpose while we sit and watch. Then we complain when our circumstances don’t work to our advantage. Are you praying for a job, a house, or a mate? Do everything within your means, and then allow God to handle the unknown details. He’ll work everything according to His perfect will.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.