“But he said to me,’ The Lord, before whom I walk, will send his angel with you and prosper your way; and you shall take a wife for my son from my family and from my father’s house.”
When Sarah (Abraham’s wife) had passed away, Abraham knew he would be leaving soon as well and was determined to find the God centered wife for his son from his family. He made his servant swear that he would get a wife from his homeland, who was part of his family. This is equivalent to not being unequally yoked and that a believer should not be with a non-believer. Not saying that anyone that is a non-believer is bad but that values should be the same to avoid conflict on very serious things like: marriage commitments, how to raise you children, will they be around if cancer hits, etc. these are things that need to be considered from the beginning or else things can go terribly wrong. So, as the story goes on the servant start to freak out and asks Abraham, “what if she doesn’t want to come back with me?” So, Abraham promised that if she did not want to come back with the servant then he would be released from his agreement but he also told him that the Lord would guide him to the right woman. Well, as his servant went back to his homeland, he sat by a well where the daughters of the household would come out to soon draw water. So, the servant prayed to the Lord that he guide the servant to the right woman and this is the sign that he would be given. The servant would ask for water and she would give him water plus give water to all his camels. Mind you, this woman would have to come to the well and not turn on a facet but put a bucket into a well and pull up the water for a man she doesn’t know plus as many camels as he had (remember now, Abraham was blessed, truly it could have been a lot of camels.) Plus she would still have to draw water for her family. That is a pretty hard core arm workout but the fact remains that this woman would truly have to go out of her way to serve this man she has never met and his camels, thus proving to have a servant’s heart. Before he even finished praying, Rebecca came along and did everything that was prayed for. God is a God of detail like that. Just to make sure the servant asked who her family was and asked about room and food for the night. So, when he was lead back to her family’s house, he spilled everything. How Abraham is a wealthy man that was looking for a wife for his daughter but this wife had to be of his family line and not a Canaanite and she would have to come back with the servant. Then the servant tells them about his prayer to God and how before the prayer ended Rebecca came along and did everything that he just prayed for. I mean, no one knew his prayer but the Lord and the Lord is faithful to always answer. Yet, from the very beginning Abraham told him that the Lord would set his path to the right woman for his son. I just find that amazing because look at how much more that servant now believes in the Lord. Faith increase!!!!!!God is the same, yesterday, today and forever. The one who paved the way for Isaac’s wife paved the way for all the marriages to come.
God always had a specific man in mind for me. I was well aware of that, to the point where He even blessed me with a list of what my Mighty Man of God will be like. I remember being excited and immediately started looking for that guy. Yeah, it ended up being me trying to fit a square into a circle cut out hole; I was trying to fit every guy that was interested into my list. Let’s just say, it NEVER worked out. So, I remember reading this story last year and in actuality I just re-read my daily devotion from last year and I was amazed.
Genesis 24:67 Issac 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.
I remember receiving the revelation of serving the Lord and my mighty man of God would just come alongside me in God’s perfect timing. I love serving my God and in all honesty because my focus was so much on the Lord and serving Him out of nowhere this mighty man of God pops up and I’m shaking like a leaf and hiding under the Lord’s protection because I do not want to stray away from God. Yet, as he and I talked, laughed and joked I realized he is in every detail what my list is and I’m his list as well. Go figure. Looking back my devotion in Jan 2013, I realized 2 other things: Rebecca had a choice to leave immediately or stay a little while longer with her family. She chose to leave immediately. Lately, I have been getting Godly advice on how to handle this new found relationship so that we may not stray away from God, so God has allowed wise counsel into my life for that. I do hear others telling me, though that I need to be careful and this is may not be of God, etc. And in all honesty, it scares me all the more, and I just want to break away from him but then again, do I trust in man or the Lord? Reading last year’s devotion, I realized that I have the choice to go with God’s leading right now or lean on my spiritual family that may want to postpone me a little longer…Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that you do not listen to wise counsel but I am saying that if God is pointing out signs that you need to take that step of faith and go…then you need to follow Him with no questions or concerns in mind. Guess whom I will always follow? Yup, my Lord. Also, I received the revelation in my 2013 devotion that just as Rebecca was riding back with the servant she saw Isaac and asked the servant who is that man and when the servant responded his master’s son, Isaac. (Here’s a little advice I got a while back, if you asking about that person, then you are interested in that person.) Rebecca didn’t even know that was Isaac but somewhere in her the Spirit moved her to know that this is the man for her and as soon as Isaac laid eyes on her and heard about her, he married her and loved her. Am I encouraging eloping? Absolutely not! The revelation I got was that I would know that this was the man that I was meant to marry as he will also recognize that I am the woman that he will spend the rest of his life with. Before any of that could even be considered, he would have to be a son of God and I would have to be a daughter of God. Family. If you were to ask me, if I felt that this was my husband to be. I would boldly tell, that God is definitely in this relationship and that it will be as the Lord wants it to be.
Dear Father God,
Praise you for our time together! I love our moments together that you are just continually speaking into my life. Lord, I know that you want nothing but the best for me. And I’m thankful that you have given me nothing but the best soul, spirit and body. As my relationship with you soars, every relationship that you want to happen is flourishing but it will not survive without the vine for I am just the branches, God. You make relationships grow and flourish and you cut those off that do not produce good fruits. Father, I see your good fruits in all the relationships you have put in my life, especially my most recent one. Father God, we want to do things the correct way, though. Your way, not the world’s way. Lord, thank you for the example of Isaac and Rebecca. God, I pray that my brothers and sisters that are single, are given the strength and courage to wait on your best for them. Lord, I pray for the couples dating that they set boundaries and follow them for your boundaries are not restrict us but to protect us. Let my best friend and I be that example with your strength and wisdom, Oh Sovereign God. I pray for the married couples that are continual examples of your love here on earth. Father, build them up so their family will have Your values. I’m excited for 2014, God! I love you beyond words. Father God, suit us up in your full armor. We love and honor you always. In Jesus Mighty and Matchless name, Amen!