“And Isaac went out to meditate in the field at the eventide: and he lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels were coming”(Genesis 24:63)TEXT — Genesis 24:63-67
After delivering their message during worship sessions, pastors are wont to advise congregants to meditate on what has been imparted to them. They either prayerfully cogitate on the Word right there in the church premises during a break or do so back at home. It is to allow the message take complete reign in their lives so they can be guided in practice by its precepts, because as a man “thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7).
The meditation embarked on by Isaac “in the field at eventide” was no doubt a solemn discourse with Jehovah, the God of his father, Abraham, over the trip to fetch him a wife from his parents’ kinsmen. Given to trusting in the Lord for all his needs, Isaac would not leave anything to chance, including doing the will of God in marriage. His father and Eliezer had done their bit. But Isaac needed to play his part by praying.
It is instructive to note that it was after the Bible reported the meditation (prayer) of Isaac that he “lifted up his eyes, and saw, and, behold, the camels (bringing Rebekah his wife) were coming”. It was an answer to his supplication. This is one of the most dramatic cases of instantaneous answer to prayer in the Scriptures that prove the credibility of the Lord who avers that those who wait for Him will not be put to shame (Isaiah 49:23b).
Being diligent in our duties with attendant accomplishments and blessings as we receive them by God’s mercy should not prevent us from still praying and meditating on His promises. We ought not to be too busy not to have time to go “in the eventide” to meditate, pray and praise the Lord for His miracles, signs and wonders in our lives. We must have more time for the Giver than His gifts.
Thought for the day
Meditative supplication in the will of God always prevails before the throne of grace
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