The Lord, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, “To your offspring I will give this land” — he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there. … “May it be that when I say to a girl, ‘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 Milcah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. The girl was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever lain with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.
The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.” … Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac.
She got down from her camel and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?”
“He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself. Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. Genesis 24:7,14-17,62-67
After the death of his beloved Sarah, Abraham had valued his precious son, Isaac, more than ever. Now, as he considered the splendid young man before him, he knew that it was time for Isaac to have a wife. After calling his most trusted servant to him, he began to ponder the dilemma he faced. He knew Isaac should not marry a girl from the barbaric tribes of Canaan. That was obvious.
Yet, it could be just as dangerous for him to leave the Promised Land in an attempt to find the right woman. Once he left the place of his destiny, he would be vulnerable to the attack of the enemy.
“My lord,” his servant said humbly as he approached Abraham. Faith began to stir in Abraham’s heart as he looked into the eyes of his trusted servant and friend. “Eliezer, you must find Isaac a wife. She must not be a Canaanite, nor must Isaac ever leave the Promised Land to find her.”
As Isaac watched Eliezer leave a few days later, both his heart and the heart of Eliezer were filled with faith. They both knew that God would provide Isaac with a wife.
When Eliezer reached the town of Nahor, a deep sense of expectation was beginning to rise in his heart. With the sun setting and the thirsty caravan waiting their turn to drink, Eliezer begin to pray. “Lord, as I ask these young women for a drink, may the one who also offers to water my camels be the one you have chosen for Isaac.”
Knowing the heavy work involved in watering a caravan of camels, Eliezer realized this would be a true test of her heart. As he opened his tired eyes from praying, he beheld a beautiful young woman demurely standing before him.
When he asked for a drink, her face broke into a shy smile and she asked him if she could also water his camels. As Eliezer watched her graceful movements, tears began to stream down his cheeks. Surely this was the very woman designed by God for his master’s son.
When he found out that she was a member of Abraham’s extended family, he knew that God had answered his prayers. With the full blessing of her family, he immediately returned home with Isaac’s radiant bride in his company.
Their marriage would continue the process of building God’s Kingdom that had been started by Abraham and Sarah.
What does this beautiful love story have to do with you? Whether you are a parent or a single person waiting on God for your spouse, this amazing story contains a number of critical relationship principles.
First, even as Abraham did not want Isaac to marry a Canaanite woman, so it is never the will of God for a Christian to marry an unbeliever (2 Corinthians 6:14-16).
Second, if young Isaac could trust his father’s servant to find him a wife, surely Christian singles can trust the Holy Spirit to bring the right person into their lives. As they are willing to wait on the Lord for His choice, they will not miss His best for their lives.
Third, although Rebekah was beautiful, Eliezer’s first priority was the condition of her heart. It is no different for us today. Although we will obviously be attracted to the person we marry, godly character is the foundation on which successful marriages are built.
Fourth, when Isaac and Rebekah were brought together, there was a joining of destinies. Both of them had a unique calling to impact multitudes of people in the generations to come (Genesis 12:1-4; 24:60). Sadly, this principle of common destiny is rarely even considered by couples who are contemplating marriage today.
Fifth, when Rebekah arrived, Isaac was in the field meditating on the Lord. This is a beautiful picture of waiting on the Lord for His best. I am convinced that if young people will stay in their field, which is the place of service or destiny God has given them, they will be rightly positioned to find God’s best.
Furthermore, as they build their spirit, like Isaac did, through a dynamic devotional life, they will have the power and fulfillment they need in order to wait patiently.
Where are you today? Whether you are waiting on God for his best choice for your life, or you are a parent or friend of someone who is, let the Spirit of God mold and shape your heart with His Word.
Never forget that if God could use Eliezer to bring Isaac the right bride, surely the Holy Spirit will not make a mistake in the lives of those He is drawing together today.
© Copyright 2005 by Jim Laffoon