Tuesday, January 3, 2017

STAY HUMBLE MY FRIENDS

Every time I see and hear the commercial for "The Most Interesting Man in the Word" saying his tagline, "Stay thirsty my friends." my spirit and The Holy Spirit always take that Spiritually. One of the ways believers in Christ can stay thirsty for more of God in every aspect of their lives is to remain humble.

Qarah is a Hebrew word in the Bible used to explain God-ordained happenings. This word is found in Genesis 24:12 concerning Abraham's servant and his quest to secure a bride for his Master's son Isaac. The verse says,  "Then he prayed, 'Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.' " 

If you keep reading you will know, as Paul Harvey says, "The rest of the story." The outcome is as the Hebrew word states - a God-ordained occurrence. However, for such an honor and a responsibility as this servant had, I want to magnify the servant's posture of humility. Of all the different ways the servant could have gone about selecting a wife for Isaac; of all the varied resources he might have used to determine a bride for his Master's son - he did not rely on himself but turned immediately to one with a track record who could - God. 

The first three words of the verse, "Then he prayed," surrenders to the reader the servant's conscience decision to include God in the process. I think sometimes when we have a challenge or are tasked with a challenge, like this servant, we tend to leave God out of the Planning Meeting. Big or small decisions, God is better consulted from the beginning. Outcomes tend to be - Qarah - God-ordained happenings when prayer is first.

The servant then prayed for success and kindness. Here is where we find the actual Hebrew word Qarah inserted in the verse. The phrase "make me successful" or in some translations "give me success" yields the situation into God's capable hands to manage. 

For the servant, the result was - “Before I finished praying in my heart, Rebekah came out,..." (Gen.24:45). Perhaps your results will be the same. My encouragement for you this year and always is that you allow the Holy Spirit's peace to guide you in your decision-making process. He is our peace. I like that saying, "Know Jesus, Know Peace. No Jesus, No Peace." So, in the beginning of everything you do and say be sure to consult Jesus even more this year. There is a wonderful reason He is called The Great Counselor. In the voice of "The Most Interesting Man in the World" - Stay Humble My Friends.