In the Torah (Old Testament), Abraham is a towering figure. His faith, and faithfulness, is legendary.
But so is the faith, and faithfulness, of his chief servant. This man was given the most important job of his life – find a wife for Abraham’s son Isaac. Not from among the Canaanites, but back in the “old country” from which Abraham had emigrated.
If you haven’t read Genesis chapter 24 lately, do yourself a favor and take in the fascinating story of how this servant obeyed his master Abraham, went out to find a woman for Isaac (who turned out to be Rebekah), and brought her back.
We’ll focus here on the first few verses, where the man is described as the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he owned.
This man was Abraham’s steward. And how did he arrive at such a responsible and accountable position?
Trustworthiness over the long haul. Abraham, over time, put faith in this man to run the whole shebang – all of his affairs, including the crucial matter of securing a worthy wife for the designated heir, Isaac.
This exemplary steward was a yes-man. As in, “Yes, sir!” There is no shame in being an intelligent, obedient, resourceful subordinate. It is, in fact, what God calls each of us to be before Him.
In this story, Abraham made the man swear an oath that he would fulfill the charge given him – and he went out, in obedient faith, and did his master’s bidding. Quite wonderfully, I might add.
Do you want to know what a steward looks like? Here is a striking portrait to carry before you, in your mind’s eye. Go and be likewise.
When you gain the reputation of being trustworthy to manage the affairs of another, you have achieved a position shared by very few.
This is the second of a series of daily-ish devotional messages on the topic of Stewardship. You can subscribe to this blog to receive this messages in your inbox. How to do that (and an overview of this 12-week course) can be found here. -SteveW