Devotional: The Holy Spirit: your Servant-Guide

The Lord God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, ‘To your [b]descendants I give this land,’ He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there.(…)  Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and departed, for all his master’s goods were in his hand.

Genesis 24:7,10

The story of how God found a wife for Isaac, Abraham’s son is a parable of God finding a bride for Jesus Christ, His only Son. In this interpretation, Abraham, the father of Isaac, represents God the Father. Isaac, the only son, represents Jesus, the only Son. Rebekah, the chosen bride, represents the Church; and we are left with one more major character, the unnamed servant. But I see the unnamed servant as the Holy Spirit's self-portrait. I think perhaps it' is the clearest portrait in all Scripture of who the Holy Spirit is and what He does. And it always blesses me that the Holy Spirit is so modest and unassuming that He never even gives Himself a name. All He is called is "the servant."

In the light of that, I want to point out to you seven facts about the servant and his relationship to Rebekah and to Abraham and Isaac.

  1. The first fact is stated very clearly in that account that he, the servant, had charge of all that Abraham owned. He was in complete control of the entire inheritance.
  2. Secondly, he sought nothing for himself, but only for Abraham and Isaac.
  3. Thirdly, it was his responsibility to find a bride for Isaac.
  4. Fourthly, he came with ten camels bearing gifts.
  5. Fifthly, he confronted Rebekah with the choice that settled her destiny.
  6. Sixthly, he was Rebekah's only source of information concerning Abraham and Isaac.
  7. And seventh, it was he who guided Rebekah to her bridegroom.

Now, let's apply those truths about the servant to the relationship of the Holy Spirit to the Church.

  • First of all, the Holy Spirit is the administer of the total inheritance. He is the one who takes the things of Christ and discloses them and imparts them to us.
  • Secondly, the Holy Spirit seeks nothing for Himself. His aim is to glorify the Father and the Son.
  • Thirdly, it is the responsibility of the Holy Spirit in the world today to find the Church, the bride for the Son of God, Jesus Christ.
  • Fourthly, when the Holy Spirit comes into our lives, He comes with many, many beautiful and wonderful gifts.
  • Fifthly, He is the one who confronts us with the choice concerning Jesus that settles our destiny for time and eternity.
  • Sixthly, He is our only source of direct information concerning God the Father and God the Son. We do not see the other persons of the Godhead, but the Holy Spirit reveals them to us.
  • And seventhly, He is the one who's going to guide us through this world to our meeting with our heavenly Bridegroom.

Prayer

Dear Father, thank You again for the Holy Spirit. Teach me to be friends with Him, to be sensitive to His nudging, His Voice, His guidance and to follow Him, together with my brothers and sisters to our Heavenly Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus Christ. I’m longing to meet Him! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

This devotional is taken from: Claiming our Inheritance

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