THE POWER OF A CONFIRMATION
And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Our sister, may you become thousands of ten thousands, and may your offspring possess the gate of those who hate him! Genesis 24:60
Eleazar enters the family dwelling of Rebekah. He introduces himself, speaks on behalf of Abraham to recount the story of why he has come. After hearing everything, her father and brother acknowledge the hand of God and give permission for Rebekah to marry Isaac. As she prepares to leave, her family bursts forth with this blessing about her offspring. They could not know it but they were speaking the very words God had spoken over Abraham and all his descendants.
Have you had this happen to you? God speaks a word to you. You second-guess yourself and wonder if you heard correctly. The price of acting upon it is risky as so much rides on it. You need to know that the ‘word’ was God-given.
Then, out of the blue, someone speaks that very word on the day you’ve put it all on the line with God. It could be in a sermon. It could come from a cashier in a market or said within the context of saying farewell to an acquaintance. The same phrase is spoken and though it seems to everyone else that nothing consequential happened, you are ready to collapse in shock and fear of God.
The heavens opened. God proved His love for you once again. It, for you, was a burning bush kind of moment. You can now move ahead without fear.
Rebekah had no idea as she heard her family’s blessing that it was a duplicate of that made to Abraham. Only as she married into the family, learned of their exodus from Ur and the many things spoken by God to them, would she understand that her own story was part of the plotline.
And so it is with steps of obedience. What God leads me to do today may seem small and isolated but with time, I will come to understand that it is connected to others’ stories.
Someone reading this today is waiting for You to confirm something. When you do, they will ‘leave Ur’. Their steps will go in a new direction and they won’t look back. Speak, Lord – and open their spiritual ears and eyes to detect the miracle. Amen
Journal Question: Is there anything you feel God told you long ago but with time, you discounted it? Write out what you believe you heard. Pick it up out of the cobwebs. Ask God for confirmation. This might be the day on heaven’s timetable for heaven to move. And if God does not confirm, you can finally lay that word to rest and find peace.