Being in the Way
Probably the most spiritually connected passage in the book of Genesis is chapter twenty-four. Considering the focus, it should not be any surprise. You have been in circumstance, no doubt, where you sought the Lord’s leading. Maybe you were seeking His leading for a job, a large financial or family decision, or maybe, like this chapter, a spouse. It may be a nuance, but could there be a difference in seeking God’s direction or following His leading?
Seeking God’s direction seems to picture a believer parked at an intersection waiting for a sign in the sky to point the way. It seems very static. Alternatively, God’s leading would be best pictured by riding a bike. Momentum smooths the turns. The thing about direction is we place everything on God and His miraculous intervention while ignoring our responsibility to continue in His already revealed will. Consistent obedience reveals God’s will. Our obedience in motion allows God to gently steer our life. When we are in the way, His will is more easily recognized.
In the case of seeking direction, in this story would look like Abraham asking God to show him if he should find Isaac a wife in Canaan or back home. It was not necessary. Abraham already knew a wife from Canaan was not God’s will nor was it in Isaac’s best interest. The main observation from this story is this: the obvious must be your objective. By their awareness of God’s revelation, their action put them in the right way so God could lead them. “I being in the way, the Lord led me.” The miraculous intervention of God was the reward for following the path already laid out by his instruction.
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil” (Proverbs 3:5-7).
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