Genesis 24:33 And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on.
Never trivialize an instruction because your attitude to an instruction given to you by someone in authority, is an indication as to whether you can be trusted to carry out an assignment from God.
Abraham gave Eliezer, his chief servant, an assignment. He was tasked with the responsibility of finding Abraham’s son (Isaac) a wife. He was told specifically not to choose a wife from among the daughters of Canaanites but instead to go to the country that Abraham came from and choose a wife from among his kindred. There were four things that were significant about Eliezer’s response that made him someone who you could trust to carry out any assignment.
The first thing that could be seen in the action of Eliezer is that he did exactly as he was told. He went to Nahor city, which was where Abraham’s brother, Nahor lived. Secondly, he put the assignment before God in prayer until it was successfully completed. When he reached outside the city of Nahor, he prayed to God for a specific behaviour pattern in the damsel that God had chosen to be the wife of Isaac, so that he would know without a doubt that she was the chosen one. Before he had finished praying, Rebekah, who was the grand-daughter of Abraham’s brother, came on the scene and fulfilled what he prayed for.
The third habit that Eliezer demonstrated was that he remained focused on the task at hand. After he introduced himself to Rebekah and she brought him to the house, the scripture said in Exodus 24:33 that they “set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand.” Despite the long distance travelled, Eliezer stayed focused on the task and would not as much as eat, until what he was sent to do was complete. He had to get agreement from Rebekah’s family that they would allow her to be the wife of Isaac. Finally, once it was agreed to make Rebekah Isaac’s wife he bowed down and worshipped God. He gave credit to whom credit was due.
Like Eliezer, become a master at completing assignments in all spheres of your life, as the magnitude of your success will depend on it.
Life Application: Become trusted to carry out divine assignments by learning to do as you are told, pray for God’s help, stay focused on your tasks and when they have been accomplished, give due credit to God.
Prayer: Lord, help me to stay focused on the tasks assigned to me. Help me to not get distracted by other things around me. In Jesus name, amen.