A Merciful God

When Abraham’s servant went to find a bride for Isaac, he asked the Lord to lead him to the right woman. His master had made him swear that he would comply with certain conditions.

When he arrived at the well, he asked the Lord to identify the woman that was to be Isaac’s bride. He would ask her for water to drink, and if she not only gave him to drink, but also watered his ten camels; that would be the sign that she was the one.

Rebekah came to the well and drew water. The servant asked for a drink, and she gave him water from her pitcher, and then proceeded to water the ten camels at the trough. I have wondered how much water ten camel would drink. This would be no small task. He then asked for details to confirm the other requirements laid on him by his master. She was the one; she met the requirement.

When this all transpired, the servant worshipped the Lord; and this is the point that struck me. He said: “Blessed be the Lord God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken His mercy and His truth toward my master. As for me, being on the way, the Lord led me to the house of my master’s brethren.”¬†

The Lord had not forsaken His mercy and His truth toward his master. I have pondered the linking of these two attributes of the Lord; mercy and truth. Of course, the Hebrew word translated ‘mercy’ is much broader than our simple thought of mercy, but it still is a precious thought, that the Lord displayed these attributes toward Abraham.

In our journey through life; or in a particular journey we are on; are we¬†conscious of the Lord’s mercy and truth toward us? He could just leave us on our own, trusting our own wits and skills; but He doesn’t. He does not forsake His mercy and His truth toward us.