“What if’s”

“‘Yet, if this woman does not want to come with you, then you will be blameless according to this oath. Only my son must not return there.’”

(Genesis 24:8)


One might be tempted to suppose that even Abraham has a little doubt in his mind by making this statement, yet the statement that he is making seems to be more directed to ease the fears of his servant. Were Abraham giving himself a “way out” then a suggestion for a ‘Plan B’ might have been suggested. Instead, Abraham tells his servant, “Go and if she does not return with you, come back empty-handed.” Abraham seems confident that such will not be the case, but as his servant is asking the “what if” question, Abraham provides the answer.

How often we get bogged down in all of the “what-if” questions of life and by being bogged down, we never act or step out in faith. How often we fail to trust God’s faithfulness enough to trust him to do what human planning could never hope to achieve. Abraham knows what it means to walk in faith not knowing what tomorrow will bring and Abraham’s servant has at least witnessed it in his master (remember that this servant is the steward over all of Abraham’s house and is likely Eliezer of Damascus mentioned in Genesis 15:2), but to soothe Eliezer’s worries, Abraham says, “return, but don’t take Isaac there.” Isaac must stay in the promised land.

Loved ones, life is full of chances and risks to which God calls us to step into. Have the confidence to trust God in taking those risks. Be bold and of good courage, the God of Abraham is the same God we worship today and as he was faithful in all of Abraham’s years, so too, he will be faithful to us in ours.

About preacherwin

A pastor, teacher, and a theologian concerned about the confused state of the church in America and elsewhere...Writing because the Christian should think Biblically.

Posted on July 13, 2012, in Expositions and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Win,
    I read this post and the previous one. Thank you for writing. It does me good, and you are a good writer. What you said here reminded me imediately of Daniel and his friends as they were about to be cast into to furnace (Dan. 3:17-18). They had no doubt that God could deliver them, but there was a little doubt as to whether He would. Nonetheless, whatever would happen to them (what if?), they were committed to not worshiping the gold image–at whatever the cost.



    • Thanks, Stephen, for the kind words and a good observation about Daniel’s friends. Speaking of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednigo, it has always struck me as curious that we know Daniel by his Jewish name and the three friends by their Babylonian names. One day I may remember to ask them, but for now, I think it is interesting to speculate on. I do love the power of their statement to Nebuchanezar: “Our God is able to deliver us but if he doesn’t, we still won’t bow before you.” Great statement…

      Blessings brother,



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