Wednesday Reflection – October 16, 2019

No Delay!!

Do not delay me, since the Lord has made my journey successful. Genesis 24:56

It has always been said that delay is danger. We are often prone to delay regarding a decision we are to make or an action that we are to take. Not just that, but we are also prone to procrastinate. We sometimes get in the mode of putting off things, when we many times know that the time to do so is now. We keep pushing things further down the road, especially when we do not really want to do it, it is likely to bring discomfort, or we fear the consequences. We many times miss out on so much because we do not seize the ‘nowness’ of the moment.    

Abraham sent his servant back to his country and kindred to find a wife for his son, Isaac. He reasoned with his servant that his son’s wife should not be from among the Canaanites where he was living. Rather, Isaac’s wife should come from his own tribe and people. His servant queried about how practical and plausible this task would be. However, Abraham assured him that since God had made a promise to him, everything would work out. Abraham’s servant set out with ten camels and other things. When he arrived at the well at Nahor, he prayed to God that the girl who comes to draw water from the well and offer both him and the camels water to drink, that she be the one.

Amazingly, the text says that before he had finished praying, here comes Rebekah who fulfilled the words of the servant’s prayer. The servant honoured God for answered prayer and headed to Rebekah’s house where he made arrangements for her to return with him. Rebekah’s brothers and mother wanted her to stay ten days more, but the servant would have none of it. The words of today’s Watchword are his response to them. He urged them to send them off immediately so he may fulfill his master’s mandate. The mission was not yet complete; he had to report his successful enterprise to Abraham. More than that, the servant noted that he needed to depart quickly because he was on Yahweh’s mission.

This ought to be our disposition and determination. Sometimes we get caught up in the success at a given point and lose sight of the reality that the mission is not yet complete. Surely, we should celebrate accomplishments as God’s people, but it must not be an occasion to stop and relax thinking this is it! The mission is not complete until God says so! In fact, the mission is not complete until the Master returns to usher us home. We ought to be ever on full-time duties seeking to fulfill God’s call on our lives and that of the church.

Today’s text invites us to rid ourselves of complacency, delay and procrastination. We must get on with the work we have to do. Hear Jesus in John 9:4, “We must work the works of him who sent mewhile it is day; night is coming when no one can work.”

Jermaine Gibson 

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