Genesis 24:56 But he said to them, “Do not detain me, now that the LORD has granted success to my journey. Send me on my way so I may go to my master.”
Sometimes you just have to be persistent. There is, however, a difference between between pushy and persistent. A pushy person demands his way at the cost of others. Pushy is defined as obnoxiously self-assertive. On the other hand, persistence is defined as persevering in spite of obstacles, discouragement, or opposition. Pushiness is about me. Persistence is about the cause.
Abraham’s servant was persistent. He had traveled a long distance in search for the wife that God had for Isaac. When he arrived at his location, he sought the Lord and asked Him for divine intervention. This was his cause – his holy cause – to be a servant of both God and Abraham in order to fulfill the purposes of God. So he prayed and God answered. It was so clear that Rebekah was the chosen one, there was no doubt. But when it was time to go, her family tried to put on the brakes. That’s when he had to be persistent. “I know that this is what God has ordained!” So he pushed back, “Don’t slow me down. It’s time for us to go, folks!”
When God speaks to us clearly, we need to get moving. But understand that when you begin to walk it out, you will have people and things along the way that will try to detain you. They will tell you it won’t work, that you are a dreamer, that you are foolish. Like Abraham’s servant, you must be persistent. Don’t be discouraged, don’t slow down, don’t give up. The Lord has called you to a great purpose and you must persevere in spite of obstacles, discouragement, or opposition. He will sustain you and He will be faithful to get you through!
*Have you given up on what God has called you to? Are you discouraged when you see the opposition? Persist today!