The Obedient Servant

Have you ever noticed that when you read different passages in the Bible, particularly the historical retellings, there are random people mentioned? More often than not, these “side characters” have very little information about them and (if we are lucky) there is a name attached.

To be honest, I am guilty of reading over them the majority of the time when they are mentioned especially if it’s for just a verse or two. However, when I do read and take notice, these “side characters” actually make a huge difference in the story-line!

For instance, think back to the servant of Abraham who is sent out with the important task of finding the bride of Isaac:

And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh, that I may make you swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, but will go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” | Genesis 24:2-4

Out of ALL the people, including family, Abraham chose his eldest servant. As we read on, we learn that he was obedient to his master, asked God for help and intercession, and subsequently returned with Rebekah as the bride for Isaac.

How incredible is that?

Even though we don’t know the name of this servant, his unwavering faithfulness to his master and to the Lord in this entire situation is something I sincerely hope to see in my own life.

This man worked essentially as the overseer or butler of the household, and when his master told him to essentially leave his entire job description to be a matchmaker, this servant didn’t scoff or complain. No, instead, he immediately accepted and asked Abraham for conditions to look out for.

Would we have been so cooperative?

We don’t hear about the servant of Abraham after this chapter, but his impact on the history of Israel is eternal! He didn’t just find a woman who fit the criteria that Abraham had listed out. He found the ONE whom God specifically intended to be the life partner of Isaac and the mother of Jacob and Esau. Did he know that at the time? It’s possible his understanding was that he was finding the future bride of this fledgling new nation, but I highly doubt that he realized the FULL impact of his obedience would lead to the eventual birth of the Messiah of the whole world!

With that, I would say that next time God asks you to do something that sounds outrageous, just remind yourself of the nameless servant who went out of his comfort zone to be absolutely obedient without any expectation of a reward or recognition.

You never know the extent of God’s plan for you, for those around you, or even for the generations that will come after you!


to obey is better than sacrifice.

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