Ok...Yes, I know, that title is pretty intense but I think it's a question most of us think about. How do we discover God's best for our lives? How do we know which path to choose when standing at a crossroads?How do we find and receive blessings that God has for us? The answers to these questions can be found in my bookPath of the Blessing: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob.
Right in the middle of this story is Abraham's servant (a regular guy, not a spiritual giant) looking for a wife for his son Isaac in Genesis chapter 24 and that is where we begin:
This servant was walking on the right path, his path of blessing. Look what happens next in verse 15: “Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder.” Then in the next few verses that follow she does exactly what the chief servant had asked. Then a few verses down it says, “Without saying a word, the man watched her closely to learn whether or not the Lord had made his journey successful.” This chief servant was discerning and knew how to listen for the Lord's direction.
The chief servant gave Rebekah gifts and asked who she is. The gifts were a gold nose ring and two gold bracelets. Then the man bowed down and worshiped the Lord, saying, "Praise be to the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who has not abandoned his kindness and faithfulness to my master. As for me, the Lord has led me on the journey to the house of my master's relative."
The Lord led him. The chief servant knew how to listen for the Lord's leading and he obeyed. Consequently leading him on the entire journey, on the correct path, the path of blessing. He also knew how to worship the Lord, which demonstrates he had relationship with God.
Rebekah ran and told her family about what was going on and her brother Lehman ran out to meet the man at the spring. “As soon as he had seen the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister's arm, and had heard Rebekah tell what the man said to her, he went out to the man and found him standing by the camels near the spring. ‘Come, you who are blessed by the Lord,’ he said.