Read This Week: Genesis 24
Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this, I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel, son of Milkah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. – Genesis 24:12-15 NIV
“Love at first sight” is a phrase that has been around for generations. It describes the instant attraction and connection between two people or on the part of just one person. But is it real? Do people see each other and, in a moment, know they are meant to be? A lot of evidence suggests that they do. Countless stories are told about people experiencing love at first sight or a pull or attraction that makes someone open to the possibilities of a relationship without knowing someone. A similar narrative (with a bit of a different twist) is found in Genesis 24, where Abraham’s servant embarks on a quest to find a suitable wife for Isaac. This blog post delves into the key themes and lessons woven into the fabric of Genesis 24, shedding light on the significance of spiritual guidance and faithful obedience.
In life’s complex ups and downs, decisions about relationships, especially long-term ones, are among the most significant. This chapter is a beautiful testament to the importance of seeking God’s wisdom and guidance regarding who we are in a relationship with. Whether it is a friendship, a marriage, or other connections, we should ask the Lord to give us discernment and sound judgment to choose wisely. This approach is what Abraham takes regarding his son’s future mate. He is conscious of the covenant with God and sends his trusted servant on a mission, committing the process to God’s sovereignty and divine intervention. It shows us that we should also approach big decisions in life and at various crossroads with prayer and a reliance on God’s guidance, recognizing that His plan far surpasses our own.
Eliezer’s prayer beside the well is a poignant moment in the section, illustrating the power of communication with the Lord about practical and essential decisions in life, especially ones involving love and lasting commitment. Verses 12-14 say:
“Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this, I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”
The presence of the sign involving a specific response from the chosen woman showcases the delicate balance between faith and action. It prompts reflection on our lives — the moments when we’ve sought the Holy Spirit’s and the Bible’s guidance to light and affirm our paths. This part of the chapter encourages us to cultivate a prayerful heart, attentive to the truths and signs that may illuminate our journeys. Rebekah was hospitable, beautiful, and willing to tend to the needs of others. Still, she was not love at first sight to Eliezer because she was pretty, available, or kind, but because he sought the Lord to show him and make him see the one He would provide for Isaac.
Both Abraham and Eliezer exemplify faithful obedience to God’s commands that we should exude. Abraham’s charge to find a wife from his own people and Eliezer’s meticulous execution showcase a commitment to following God’s will no matter what. Their example challenges us to be obedient to the divine call in our lives, even when the path seems uncertain. It underscores that faithfulness to God’s commands is a key to unlocking His blessings. As we navigate our lives, they inspire us to seek divine direction, look for the Holy Spirit’s movement, and embrace faithful obedience to God’s word. In doing so, we can discover our own love stories unfolding in unexpected and beautiful ways, guided by the hand of God.