Eliezer was the head servant in Abraham’s household. This was a fairly prestigious position but not a member of the family. Eliezer wasn’t related to Abraham so he had no reason to believe that God would do anything for him, but living in Abraham’s home must have convinced him that God was real. Most people in this time believed in lots of little gods who handled small things, like the god of the harvest and another god to make the sun rise. But Abraham believed in the one God of all creation. And Eliezer must have seen things that convinced him God was real because when he needed help he prayed to God.
In Genesis 24, Abraham gives Eliezer a mission to go back to the land that Abraham came from and bring back a wife for Isaac. Eliezer promises to do it, but worries the girl won’t come with him. Abraham tells him that if the girl won’t come he doesn’t have to keep his promise because Abraham does not want Isaac to go back to this land. Isaac needs to stay in the Promised Land. So, Eliezer loads up 10 camels with supplies and gifts and heads out. When he gets to the land of Nahor, Eliezer prays for God to show him the right woman. Now here is the lesson to learn from Eliezer: Eliezer asked God to do something and expected God to do it! How many times do we ask God to do something and then go try to take care of it on our own? We need to trust God will take care of our needs. Sometimes He shows us the way He wants us to do it and sometimes He miraculously provides. But we need to have the faith that God will provide. We are required to have faith and He handles the rest!
In Eliezer’s case, God did exactly what Eliezer asked so that Eliezer would know the woman God wanted for Isaac: Rebekah.
Hebrews 11:1 says: Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Discuss some of the everyday things we do that actually require faith. For example, we get in our car and have faith we will arrive safely at our destination. We walk up a set of stairs and have faith they won’t collapse. Talk about how faith doesn’t have to be hard, we just need to let go and believe that God is in control!