If God Is The Focus [Genesis 24]

7"The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my birth, and who spoke to me and who swore to me, saying, 'To your descendants I will give this land,' He will send His angel before you, and you will take a wife for my son from there.

The people in Genesis 24 show what a God focus looks like in a fairly significant situation. Abraham focused on God, His character and His guidance when He sent His servant out to find Isaac a wife. The servant kept that focus on God (vs.12-14) as he looked to God for guidance, praised God for that guidance (vs. 27) and then relayed the story of what God did with God as the centerpiece of the story. Rebekah and her family responded with a focus on God and honoring God's will in sending their daughter with Abraham's servant.

As clearly shown in this chapter of Genesis, if God is our focus, there is a simplicity to our lives as we ask Him to guide us, give us wisdom and strength. There is an aspect of worship that flows out of seeing God's hand move in preparing our way. And He becomes the center of our story as we interact with others.

I read an article this week about a woman who is watching every Oprah show, doing everything that Oprah advises and blogging about it all. According to the woman, Oprah gives a whole lot of advice on how to live your best life and much of it is just not practical for most of us. But this woman said one thing that made me think about what happens when you let someone else tell you what to do. She said it simplified her life because she didn't have to make a lot of decisions. That's exactly what I have found in my life. There is a simplicity in giving my life over for someone else to guide it. In my case, that person is not Oprah, but God, the God of Abraham and Isaac. The God we are learning about in Genesis.

About God Ge. 24
One Who blesses
God of heaven and earth
Giver of a new land
Sender of angels
Hearer of prayers
One Who answers prayers
Worthy of worship
Lovingkindness and truth
His work can be recognized and witnessed to by people
One Who prospers our way

We praise You that You are the best focus for our lives and that we can trust You to guide us through everything. Cause us to keep a focus on You and to surrender our lives to You each day that we may be well led and full of worship for You alone!

Beth Warlick, 2/6/2010