|(Also the Engagement of Sergiu and Lydia)
1 And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age:
and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things.
2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his
house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh:
3 And I will make thee swear by the LORD
When Abraham said to the servent, "I'll send you to my
people", he was referring to those that believed in the Lord and feared Him.
Believers must marry believers. We're not referring to interfamily marriage, but marriage
between those who believe in the Lord and fear His Name.
The servent didn't object and say, "I don't know if it's
going to work out", and had other excuses but he simply obeyed and went, trusting God
to lead him.
When he got to that country the camels were thirsty. The servant
prayed that God would lead him and so he asked for a sign like Gideon did. These
partriachs of old could pray and God answered them. They lived by the will of God. If you
live by your own will you will die, but if you live by the will of God you will live.
He prayed that the girl that would offer to draw for all his
camels when he asked for some water, that she would be the one.
A camel can drink gallons of water, maybe 100-200 liters!
He then observed her while she gave them water if she would
actually do what she promised, for many promise but then fail in the doing thereof.
When he asked her after her family she mentioned the exact family
he had been looking for, relatives of Abraham and believers!
Do you see these men of God, the patriarchs of old, walking with
Gideon, when the angel spoke to him, still prayed for a sign to
see if the angel was truly from God.
Jesus said, 'my sheep hear My voice' (John 10:27).
When the first couples married while we were still at Maphumulo,
we asked a Lutheran minister to give the marriage certificates. But he dragged his feet a
bit. One Sunday I had to pass close by his home and felt the prompting of the Holy Spirit
to go and ask if the certifacte was ready. At first I didn't want to go for he should not
have been at home, it being Sunday close to his service time. Yet I obeyed and I still
went. I found him and he was busy packing for he was transferred to another congregation.
He was surprised to see me as if I knew he was leaving that day. He quickly got the
certificate ready and I rejoiced that I could listen to the Holy Spirit.
I once listened to a preacher in
Switzerland who was giving his first sermon. He related how that he and other preachers
had visited shepherds in the Middle East who were still shepherding their sheep in the
same ancient way that their forefathers had done. All the sheep were together in a pen for
the night. The next morning the shepherds would each go the entrance of the pen and each
call their sheep. Only their sheep responded and came out of the flock. Each shepherd
would brush over his hand over each sheep as it passed to see that it was still healthy.
Among the preachers there was one who could imitate exactly someone else's voice. He asked
one shepherd to teach him how he called the sheep and which words he used. He also put on
the jacket and hat of the shepherd. Though he called the sheep with the same intonation
and clothing not a single sheep stirred. He tried and tried but failed. The shepherd then
called and immediately his responded and came to him.
Why? Sheep are wiser than people! The sheep
listen to their shepherds voice but many Christians fail to hear the voice of their
Shepherd and listen to other voices instead!
In Russia, I once came upon a shepherd walking
with hundreds of his sheep. I asked him if I could take a photograph. He didn't want to
stop. I ran in front and took a picture and went to talk with him. He then shared with me
how he was with his sheep day and night. Not once had he taken a holiday. He said that he
also knew his sheep individually. So the sheep know their shepherd and the shepherd knows
That's how we should know our Lord. We must know
the voice of the Lord.
That's how we should know our Lord. We must learn the voice of the
Lord. And He knows each of us individually.
During the early days of the revival, uncle Erlo told uncle
Waldemar that he would visit him but that he would phone him first. But the phone was out
of order that day. On the plane he decided to phone him as soon as he arrived in
Johannesburg. As he walked into the arrival hall, there uncle Waldemar was waiting
already! He explained that he was working in his garden and heard the Lord telling him to
meet uncle Erlo at the airport. They had wonderful times with the pastors in Johannesburg.
As he left he told uncle Waldemar that in the future he will try to phone before he comes.
At another time uncle Erlo had to go to Johannesburg again and
again he tried to phone but failed again. Again uncle Waldemar was there as he got off the
plane, but a few minutes late. He explained that he again heard the Lord instructing him
to go but he first finished what he was busy with and those were the few minutes he was
It would be terrible if you think you hear God's voice but it's
the voice of satan.
Learn to walk with God. Pray God to teach you His voice.
(Summary in Italian)