Being Martin Luther King, Jr Day we are all going to hear excerpts from the “I have a dream” speech. Did you know that God has a dream for you? Have you ever considered achieving His dream as a priority for you? I didn’t for a long time. I was chasing the money. I was chasing the prestige. I was chasing the honors. All I wanted was a job that paid a lot of money. I was on track for medical school. I had taken all the classes necessary to get in a good university. The school I then attended boasted a 100% entrance to medical school rate! I was set. The final choice was going to be whether I would follow anesthesiology or neurology. Then came God…
Abraham was given a wonderful prophecy for his life. God wanted to reach the world through this man’s life. He called him out and led him down a path. However, Abraham had a responsibility in this process. Would he follow through with the plan? God had chosen him. God stated that through his child the world would be blessed.
Now Isaac is of age and ready to be married. Abraham readies a servant to go and find a wife for his son. Our first step in achieving the dream is awareness. We have to be aware of the dream God has set for us, for our children, for our family. Have you come to grips with the reality that God’s dream for you is the superlative of whatever you could dream up? Abraham knew the prophecy. He had spent time considering the prophecy. It wasn’t going to be Ishmael (that was Abraham’s attempt). It was going to be Isaac and he knew that his son needed a wife who would understand the plan and be willing to go forward with the plan of God rather than distract Isaac from the plan. Are you aware of God’s dream for you? He is not hiding it. Just ask.
Abraham has to do, maybe not the heavy lifting, but some lifting anyway. He needed to obey the plan. He tells the servant to go and find a wife. What if none can be found? He would be released from the terms of the agreement. Could Isaac just go live with the wife’s family if she didn’t want to return to a foreign land? NO. Absolutely NO! This point of obedience was vital. God had promised the land in the dream. How could it be managed from a distance? How often are we interested in the dream but not the work to achieve that dream? The complications are often too much for us and we short-circuit the blessing.
Stick With It
It would have been easy to take a shortcut. It IS easy to take one today. However, you cannot achieve the dreams of God for your life without a little sacrifice. We must stick with the plan. Abraham, I am certain, had faith in God’s plan but his human anxiety was present. He is sending off this servant to find the next part of the process, but what happens if…? We all play that scenario in our heads right? STOP! Trust the process of God. Stick with it.