A little while ago, my husband was delighted to find some ‘hot matches’ on Genes Reunited; he discovered some cousins he had never met, and it’s been great to catch up with them.
In Genesis 22 v 20-24, Abraham was delighted to discover his brother Nahor had quite a family. Wonderful as this news was in itself, it had another implication. As Isaac was all grown up now, Abraham must have been wondering who was to be the mother of the nation through which all the nations of the world would be blessed. It was imperative that Isaac’s wife should have not only the right pedigree, but the right beliefs. It was no ordinary role, and Abraham obviously felt that no woman in the vicinity was suitable. Now, as the news came through, a way was open for him to find the right person.
I find it rather special that this news came through after the spectacular demonstration of faith, trust and obedience that Abraham had shown, in his willingness to sacrifice his son Isaac. Those people were there all the while, but until now, Abraham knew nothing of them. My guess is that he had been praying and asking God about a wife for his son, but no reply had come forth. The answer to his prayers had been there all along, but he just didn’t know it!
To me it seems that God reveals his pleasure and reward, now that Abraham has passed the test. God withholds nothing from him, but delights to lavish on him the joy of a whole new branch of the family – the answer to the old man’s prayers. Celebration after celebration!
I think often when we pray and pray but get no answers, God has got the matter in hand. It’s just not for us to know yet. For him, it is already job done; for us it is agony waiting! But O the joy when we finally realize that God has got it sorted – and may have had it in the bag, even before we asked. Then we wonder why we ever doubted!