1/25 Genesis 24:7

7 The LORD, the God of heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, 'To your offspring I will give this land,' he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.

The servant of Abraham was made to take an oath that he would find a wife for Isaac from Abraham's relatives. When the servant questioned what he was to do if the woman would not return with him, Abraham assured him that God would intervene and make it happen with angelic assistance. Abraham added that if it was not so, the servant would be released from his oath. Abraham had confidence because of his past experience with God including the promises God had given him.

Isaac is a type or shadow of Messiah. Isaac carried the wood up the slopes of Mount Moriah on which he was to die just as Jesus would do in the distant future. God saved Isaac just as He would save Jesus, but in a different manner. After Jesus was saved through death, the servant, the Holy Spirit, goes out to find His bride. He has angelic assistance for in Hebrews it says that angels are sent to those who will be heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14). He invites us to be the bride of the One who has inherited all things. He introduces us to the Son and gives us gifts of the Spirit. One day He will carry us to the presence of the Son and we will forever be with Him. The parallels should make your heart beat faster.

If you are reading this devotional, you have probably had encounters with God in your past that have given you confidence that what God has promised will certainly come to pass. Either through death or Jesus' return, we will be brought to the wedding feast of the Lamb and forever be with Him (Revelation 19:7). We can be as certain as Abraham was about God's faithfulness to keep his promises.

Praise: I praise you O LORD of heaven and earth that You would stoop to choose one like me. How gracious and merciful You are; how loving and kind! What more could I hope for than eternity with One as wonderful as You?