Genesis 24-27 (HCSB)
Kindness has many rewards. For Rebekah, a servant’s heart changed her life. She went to the well with a jug on her shoulder to draw water for her family. Along came a man she had never seen before. The man was Abraham’s chief servant who managed everything Abraham owned. He asked for a drink of water. Rebekah, without knowing who he was, not only gave him a drink but also watered all his camels. Remember, these camels had just come several hundred miles from southern Canaan to northern Haran – these were some thirsty camels! Rebekah must have worked for hours to draw enough water, one jug at a time, to satisfy all those large mammals. She did not know that the servant had prayed to God to find a wife for Isaac. He had asked God to give him a sign to show him whom he should take for a bride for Isaac. “Let the girl whom I say, ‘Please lower your 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” (Gen. 24:14).
The servant was overjoyed as God clearly answered his prayer. He gave Rebekah a gold ring and two gold bracelets and praised God for His faithfulness. He told Rebekah who he was and how grateful he was that God led him to Abraham’s relatives. Rebekah ran quickly to tell her brother Laban what had happened. Then the servant came to Rebekah’s house and shared the whole story with her brother. The next morning, Abraham’s servant was eager to get back home and asked to take Rebekah with him. Her family wanted her to stay for a few days before leaving, but Rebekah said no, she would go now. Rebekah was a woman of great faith in God. She was willing to leave her family and her homeland on just one day’s notice, knowing she would probably never see her family again. She was going to a place she had never seen to marry a man she had never met. Very few women are this obedient to God’s calling.
We find one more example of Rebekah’s faith in God when she was expecting her first child, or in this case, children. She had been barren for many years when Isaac prayed for her. God granted his request twice. Rebekah became pregnant with twins! As the boys struggled within her womb, she was concerned about what was happening to her. She prayed to God and He answered her prayer, and told her about her sons. “And the Lord said to her: Two nations are in your womb … One people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger” (Gen. 25:23). Even though her later deception of posing Jacob as Esau to get Isaac’s blessing was wrong, she was partially motivated by this prophesy.
Rebekah reminds me to be kind to others – I may never know what God is up to and how He might use my kindness for good in this world. I am also reminded to be obedient to God – His unknown plans are always far better than my status quo! I need to trust like Rebekah and follow Him wherever He leads. I also need to remember to pray and ask for God’s wisdom when I have struggles within my soul. He alone can help me understand what is really going on inside of me. Rebekah, though not perfect, truly lived a life of service and faith. She is an inspiration to me as I also strive to follow God.