Faithful Servant

John Koedyker

READ : Genesis 24:34-48

And I bowed down and worshiped the Lord. I praised the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me on the right road . . . (v. 48, niv)

I’ve never met anyone who had a servant—they’re just not part of our world any more. But I sometimes wonder what it would be like to have a servant. Wouldn’t it be great to have someone to wait on you hand and foot and be available at your beck and call? Maybe it would, if your servant were like Abraham’s.

I get the feeling from these verses that Abraham and his chief servant were more like trusted friends. Abraham was now an old man, “well-advanced in years” (Genesis 24:1). And this servant was “the oldest of his house” (v. 2). So they must have been together for many years. What made this man such a marvelous servant was that he was faithful. He had a loyalty not only to Abraham but Abraham’s God. At three different times we see this man worshiping, praying or honoring God. Obviously, he was grateful that Abraham’s God had “led [him] on the right road” (v. 48).

Abraham must have been proud of his servant. But as followers of Jesus, we are the servants. I wonder if the Lord can look at us and be equally pleased with our faithfulness.

PRAYER

Lord, make me a servant who is faithful and true, and pleasing in your sight. Amen.