“And he (Abraham’s servant) said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master’s brethren. And the damsel (Rebekah) ran, and told them of her mother’s house(hold) these things.”Genesis 24:27-28
I used to work in retail and my hours were early and long. There were some days when I did not see the sun coming in to work, and I still did not see the sun on my way home. When I first started, I loved the smell of the popcorn from the snack shop, and the fresh coffee being brewed. It did not take long for me, however, to get used to those smells, and I hardly noticed them anymore when I walked into the store. On those early mornings, I would wake up and stare at the clock as it read 2:45, and I was not sure if it meant AM or PM as my brain was in a fog. I would drag my carcass out of bed, get in the shower with the lights off, and try to wake up and get ready for the day. On my days off, I desperately looked for another job that provided me greater promise, and did not require me to sell my soul or my sleep.
I began to pray for a new job, and even read a book that promised me I would find a job I would love in 45 days. I counted the days to a new job and career as I read through that book. I got some interview opportunities, but the 45 days quickly came and went, and I began to question exactly when the 45 days started and when they were to end. It seemed as if the more I prayed, the more distant the interviews were, and my prospects seemed to grow more dire by the day. I looked up the top ten companies to work for, and I started to apply as if I had a chance. I found the number two company in Arizona, and I loved what they stood for and their available jobs seemed to be something I would like to do. I applied for everything from security officer to loan officer. I got my first rejection on an application, and I beamed with pride that they even acknowledged me.
I kept applying to that same company, and the year quickly passed with no interviews and the rejection letters piled up. I applied over 20 times and received over 20 rejections until one day, I received a personality and general IQ test. I was excited to get the test, but I felt I would be doomed based on my IQ and personality. I nervously took the test and was scared to hit submit after I completed it. I did not hear back for a week, and I felt this was par for the course and waited patiently for my rejection letter. In lieu of a rejection letter, they scheduled me for an interview and a drug test. I was shocked to see that I was not yet rejected, and I was never so excited to take a drug test.
I then went in for the interview. There was a glass wall in the HR office that separated the employees from the applicants, and I so longed to be on the other side. I went home and prayed some more. The weekend passed and I got an email advising that they offered me the job. I was so elated that I felt I could jump to the moon. Tears came down my face as I remembered the many days that I had prayed, and I realized that my God did not forget about me. I could not believe that this was actually happening, and I signed my contract so fast that I am not sure what I even signed. I was humbled by the answer to prayer, and I was excited to tell Rebekah and the rest of my family. I remember my first day walking into the door, behind that glass wall, and I praised my God for the answer to prayer and His goodness to me. I still praise God for His goodness and for His blessings He bestows upon me.
God is not forgetful to hear our prayers and even honored Abraham, after his death, by answering his prayer in finding a godly wife for his son, Issac. Mark 11:22-24 states, “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily (assuredly) I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” We might not forget to pray for the things we need, but we are not always faithful to thank God once we receive the answer to our prayer.
Do you believe that God is able to do the impossible? Do you believe that He still answers prayer today? Do you thank God when He answers your prayer? Are you like Abraham’s servant, who did not hesitate to give praise to God and proclaim, “Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth.” Do you thank God for answered prayers, even when he answers ‘no’? May the praise of our God always be on our lips.