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'I being in the way, the Lord led me to the house of my masterís brethren.'

Genesis Chapter 24 Verse 27

Abraham in the previous chapter had witnessed the death of Sarah his wife. Now in his old age he looks to the fulfilment of the Lordís promise as he sends his eldest servant to seek a suitable wife for Isaac. Abraham has seen the wickedness of the Canaanites and had therefore told his servant that he must not choose a wife for Isaac from among the Canaanites; rather he had to go to Abrahamís own country to fetch a wife for Isaac. It is interesting to note that Isaac demanded the same from Jacob.

Isaac being a type of Christ, some people make this fetching of a wife for him to signify the espousing of the church by the agency of his servants the ministers. The church is the bride, the Lambís wife. Christ is the Bridegroom and the ministers are the friends of the Bridegroom whose work it is to persuade souls to consent to Him. The spouse of Christ must not be of the Canaanites, earthly, but of His own kindred. They must be born again from above. Ministers like Abrahamís servant must devote themselves to their master and serve him only. We see in this chapter the evidence of one such faithful servant.

Having been given his instructions from Abraham, he sets forth on his mission. We observe the servant asking the Lord for good speed on his journey. Having arrived at his destination he prays again in faith and expectation to the Lord and we see by the wonder of Godís providence just how accurately his prayer was answered. Godís providence was so ordered that Rebekah carried out exactly what the servant had prayed for.

Having received such a marvellous answer to his prayers the servant does not forget the Lord; rather he gives praise and thanks for His goodness. After being welcomed as a guest by Rebekahís family we note that there is still a measure of urgency about the servant as he seeks to complete his mission without further delay.

Rebekahís family on the other hand try to hinder her leaving and enquire, "Wilt thou go with this man?" We can see by Rebekahís reply that she had already determined in her heart to go. The mission ends successfully for Abraham and his servant as Isaac and Rebekah are united in marriage.

Let us think of our text by asking three questions. Are we in the way? Are we being led? Where are we being led too?

Are we in the way? I am sure that most of us have lived the greater part of our lives in the way of sin. We are a people conceived in guiltiness and sin and we are born sinners. We are born spiritually dead. We live our lives in the way of sin and iniquity. There is a bent in our character that always tends toward sin, like the bias on a bowling ball.

The Lord alone can bring us into the way. He is the way, the truth and the life. We are as sheep going astray with our backs towards God and going from Him with each step. The Good Shepherd in a day of grace and mercy goes after the lost sheep, calls them by their name and claims them as His own.

Having called us we turn from our evil ways repent of our sin and begin to follow Jesus. He leads us to green pastures, taking us from darkness to light, from death to know life more abundant. He shows us the way of the cross, where Christ the Son of God died in our room and stead. God poured out the wrath due to us for our sin upon His beloved Son. This is Godís way of reconciling sinners unto Himself.

Christ having offered the perfect sacrifice, the justice of God is satisfied. You and I having crucified our fleshly attempts with Christ are enabled by the grace of God and through faith alone claim Christís obedience and His untainted righteousness as our own. We now walk in newness of life, in the way, in the truth and we are called the children of God. He gives us a clean heart and a right spirit; we are born again from above.

Now we hear clearly Godís wonderful declaration. There is there fore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. Do you having a condemning conscience today? Listen to these words, the blood of Jesus Christ; Godís Son cleanses us from all sin. It is so easy for us to complicate the simplicity of Godís way! Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. Those sins that are lying at your door have already been committed and you know full well that you cannot make amends for them. God is telling you to lay aside the sin that does so easily beset you and run with patience the race that is set before you, looking unto Jesus the Author and finisher of our faith. This is Godís way. To be found in Jesus, our sins forgiven, being clothed with the righteousness of Christ and accounted as perfect in the sight of God.

Are we being led? In the highest sense we are because god is Sovereign governing all His creatures and all their actions. We are however not robots. We have the mind and the will not to follow Godís way. To be led by the Lord is to follow His providence and not to force it! We are at all times to wait upon God. Acknowledge the Lord in all thy ways and He shall direct thy paths. We are to walk by faith and not by sight. Perhaps you are wondering at Godís dealings with you. The way is difficult with severe trials and testing. The Lordís hand may be heavy upon and He may be giving you the wine of astonishment to drink. You cannot but wonder if you are being led!

O Israel, fear not; for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

The Lord loves to hear the voice of His children. If you are in affliction He says, "call upon my in the day of trouble and I will deliver thee and show thee greater and mighty things." What the Lord has promised He will also perform.

There are those who may be feeling lonely and forsaken, they may even feel that darkness is their constant companion. I will lead them in paths that they have not known; I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them and not forsake them.

There are times when we go astray and are not being led by God. At such times chastening is often necessary in order to bring us back to God. Remember that the rod upon the back of a Christian is weighted with love!

Where then are we being led? Where is the house of my masterís brethren? It is Heaven. It is glory; Immanuelís land our final resting place in the house of many mansions. Today we are walking through a wilderness with various attractions and distractions for the child of God. This is not our home and we are only here for a season. We want to be with our Beloved. Let us therefore declare plainly in our lives that we seek a better country, a city that hath foundations whose builder and maker is God. It will not be long before we reach the haven that we desire to see. Come you blessed of my Father to inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Iain Mackenzie