So far, in Genesis, we have seen Issac born (as a miracle promised by God), grow up, offered as a sacrifice by his father by God’s request, saved by God and the ram He provided and most recently suffering the agony of losing his mom. What a biography so far! In chapter 24, we see him transition into adulthood and find a wife.
We have seen God’s love and plans for him before he was formed in his mother’s womb and just a promise to Abraham and Sarah. God’s hand on his life is ever-present and this chapter gives us even more evidence of that.
Take a look at this:
“Lord, God of my master Abraham,” he prayed, “give me success today and show kindness to my master Abraham. I am standing here at the spring where the daughters of the men of the town are coming out to draw water. Let the girl to whom I say, ‘Please lower your water jug so that I may drink,’ and who responds, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels also’—let her be the one You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. By this, I will know that You have shown kindness to my master” Before he finished speaking, there was Rebekah—daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor—coming with a jug on her shoulder. Genesis 24: 12-16
Did you notice it? Abraham’s servant was praying for a successful outcome. He wanted to please Abraham and find Isaac a wife. He just wasn’t sure exactly how he was going to know who that woman would be. So, he prayed with very specific requests to ensure he would who God had chosen for Isaac. Can you imagine the pressure he must have felt?
Your boss calls you in, sends you on a long journey and says, “go find my grieving son a suitable wife.” Whew! No pressure there. Thankfully, he knew exactly what to do – pray!
But here are the words I want to highlight . . . “Before he finished speaking”
Before Abraham’s servant had finished his prayer, Rebekah was coming to the well with her jug. Think about it, God knew what the prayer would be before he even spoke it. How do we know? You don’t just walk out the door of your house to the well. Back then, you had to set your schedule and make a plan to walk, often miles, to get your water. God had set Rebekah on a path to the well much earlier that day. Making sure her timing was perfect. Wow!!! Once again, God proves that He cared about Isaac and keeping His covenant with Abraham.
Just like God was in the details of Isaac’s life, He is also in ours. Just like God went before Isaac, Abraham’s servant, and so many others in the Bible, He goes ahead of us. And don’t just take my word for it. Check out these scriptures that back it up:
“The LORD is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8
‘The LORD your God who goes before you will Himself fight on your behalf… Deuteronomy 1:30
You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head. Psalm 139:5
To Him who led His people through the wilderness, For His loving-kindness is everlasting; Psalm 136:16
For the LORD will go before you, And the God of Israel will be your rear guard. Isaiah 52:12
I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron. Isaiah 45:2
Our Heavenly Father has loved His children from the start. That’s what Genesis is all about. How He created us out of love, watches over us, has plans for us and goes ahead of us. Following Him requires faith and trust. I believe reading through scripture, about the lives of our ancestors like Abraham, we see this truth lived out through God’s actions in the lives of many and therefore strengthens our faith.
Today, I pray this truth sinks into your heart and that you will gaze into the eyes of Jesus while letting His great love for you penetrate the doubt and fear that can hinder deeper faith.
As you go through this week, know you are LOVED and ADORED by our Creator.