2 He said to the senior servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh. 3 I want you to swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, 4 but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.”

5 The servant asked him, “What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land? Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?”

6 “Make sure that you do not take my son back there,” Abraham said. 7 “The Lord, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’—he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there. 8 If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath of mine. Only do not take my son back there.” 9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter. Genesis 24:2-9

Abraham charged his servant to find a wife for Isaac in Abraham’s home region. He didn’t want someone from Canaan because they were bad news and had a bad reputation.

Abraham was nearing death when he did this, and he was 137 years old at the time. Because he was nearing death, and by all accounts this was his last will and testament, Abraham wanted reassurance that his wishes would be carried out. He had seen God work miracles in his life and that of his wife Sarah, so he knew God would continue to be faithful regarding his family and lineage. He knew what needed to be done so he commissioned his senior servant to be in charge of carrying it out as was the custom of the time. He knew he wouldn’t live to see Isaac’s bride but he just needed that last reassurance.

Many of you reading this need God’s reassurance in a matter or two. You’ve prayed and sought counsel but still you don’t have peace. The only assurance I can give you is that God will answer your request. He is faithful and will provide for you. You just need to continue walking by faith.

Draw close to Him and He will draw close to you. James 4:8

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