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Genesis Record, The: A Scientific and Devotional Commentary on the Book of Beginnings
And I will make thee swear by Jehovah the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a woman for my son of the daughters of the Canaanite, in the midst of whom I dwell; but thou shalt go unto my land, and to my nativity; and take a woman for my son for Isaac.
– Genesis 24:3-4

In his old age, Abraham desired a wife for his son Issac.  He did not wish for Issac to marry a woman “from the Canaanite girls” (verse 3, NCV).  He sent his trusted servant to find a wife for Issac from what Abraham termed “the land of my relatives” (verse 4, NCV).  This servant made a vow to Abraham to do as he wished.  Loaded down with trinkets atop of camels, he set out on his quest.  He prayed upon reaching this land, seeking the Lord’s kindness for his master.  He requested that god make Issac’s wife-to-be known, with God’s confirmation through a sign to him.  His desire was that God would reveal that “she is the right one for your servant Issac.  And I will know that you have shown kindness to my master” (verse 14, NCV).

You have desires.  You wish for God to bless you and grant your desires.  You pray, pleading for an answer.  Oftentimes, you may also pray and bring others in to assist you in petitioning God.  We call them ‘prayer partners.’  You put all that you have towards getting all that God has for you.

Yet, God can answer in all sorts of ways.  He sits high and looks low.  Your job is to simply place your heart’s desires into His hands and put your full trust in the Lord God.  Once you put it in His hands, trust Him.  Trust Him to handle it.  Don’t try to snatch it back or help Him along with it.  Just tell Him and trust Him.

Jesus probably said it best when asked about how He caused an unfruitful tree to wither so fast; “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22).  I love how Peter sums it all up in the final chapter of his first epistle.  He does not drag on about how we keep doing repeated nonsense.  He doesn’t even “believer bash” as many spiritual leaders do in the heat of their pastoral frustrations.  he offers a simple solution that is certainly worth a sincere try: “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, NIV).

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“. . . And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”
Joshua 4:7 NKJV

The children of Israel needed these stones. They didn’t need them erected as an idol. They needed these stones to serve as a reminder, a memorial of what God had done on their behalf. These stones would not simply serve as a conversation piece. Joshua shared: They will be a sign among you. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these rocks mean?’ These stones would allow the children of Israel to share their testimony with their children and their children’s children.

It’s one thing to have testimony, but many of us need to have lives that serve as a voiceless testimony of God’s goodness to us. People need to see God in our lives as much as they hear about Him from us. We need to demonstrate and display the change that God has made in our lives. People will see it. Although they may not recognize it, they will see it as something different that sets us apart from others.

Proverbs warns us not to remove the landmark set in place by our forefathers. In Proverbs 22:28, the Word teaches that the landmark was set in place for a reason that was given to those who came before us. Let us learn about that reason before we set our hearts and minds on removing it. In Proverbs 23:10, greed is addressed by warning people not to remove the ‘ancient landmark’ or oppress the poor by taking their land. Our obsession with accumulation may make us oblivious to the way we treat others, even our ancestors and their legacy.

With a lifestyle that respects the past, people will see us as blessed and ask what does it mean and how did we arrive at such a place in this life. We will be able to share about His goodness and His mercy towards us. God wants to work through us to reach others. Let the ancient landmark serve as a reminder to us that our lives our on display before the entire world. Keep it as a memorial.

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