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January 6, 2023

The Bible Edge

Everyone needs an Edge, Believers can have the Bible Edge

Genesis 24:27

And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.

Abraham’s servant was given an unenviable task. He was to travel to a foreign land, find a wife for Abraham’s son Isaac, and bring her back to Canaan. How would you like such a job? Where would you begin? The servant started at the place where every difficult challenge starts. He started by getting started. The builder says that building a ten-story building begins with the first story. An eastern mystic states that “the journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.” Someone else said “the giant oak tree began as a little nut that held its ground.” They all mean the same thing. to get started on an overwhelming task, just get started.

Upon finding the woman who would become Isaac’s wife (Rebekah) the servant said, … I being in the way, the Lord led me… He started the task and the Lord led him in the task.

So, just get started, and if you have started, stay in the way, the Lord will lead you. Too few finish well, probably because they never get started well. Upon reading the story of this servant’s task it will be very noticeable that while he was “in the way” he prayed. Pray in the way! The servant knew the extraordinary task that he was given was nigh to impossible, so he prayed. In his journey God answered immediately. Sometimes it takes years, even decades, for God to answer. Why, because sometimes there are years, even decades of past stuff the Lord has to work through to bring your task to success.

There is an old story of a man who wanted to serve God with all his might. The man lived in a remote cabin in a rocky forest area. On the one path to the man’s cabin there was a huge boulder. Bigger than the cabin. On a certain night, the Lord came to the man and told him to remove that boulder. For years, the man tried. He pushed, he pulled, he dug out around it, he tried a lever type mechanism for leverage, he tried everything. Finally, he grew discouraged, and told the Lord so, over and over. The Lord once again came to the man and asked why he was discouraged. “Because I am wasting my life trying to move the boulder that is unmovable.” The Lord replied to him: “Look at your arms, notice the bulging biceps, consider your legs and powerful thighs, think about your heart which is strong from exercise, and your brain that through thought after thought has brought forth new and inventive ways to try to move the boulder. Now you are prepared for the work I have for you, for it will be a physically demanding and mentally draining work.”

The man just got in the way and the Lord led him, though it took years. Now, that is a Bible Edge on completing a nigh to impossible task. Get in the way, pray in the way, and let God lead.

William Howe, Ph.D.

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