"And he (Eliezer) made his camels to kneel down outside the city by a well of water at the time of the evening when women go out to draw water. And he said, ‘O Lord, God of my master Abraham, I pray You, cause me to meet with good success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.'"
Genesis 24: 11, 12, Amplified Bible
The Well of God's Guidance
"Guidance" - Providing direction, leadership, and instruction to those who are following.
"Lord, for tomorrow and its needs, I do not pray; but keep me, guide me, love me, Lord. Just for today."
Sister M. Zavier
Have you ever wished that God would talk directly to you, out loud, and tell you what the best decision for your life would be?
I'm certain there have been times in all of our lives when we had a momentous decision to make - something that could affect our lives forever - and we desperately wanted Heavenly help that lived on earth with flesh and bones.
This is exactly the situation we find in Genesis 24. Abraham needed guidance in choosing a wife for his son, Isaac. At this time in history, marriages were, most of the time, arranged by parents. Little input from the children was considered. Since Abraham was quite elderly, he wanted to know his dear son had a suitable mate.
So Abraham sent his trusted servant, the person who had been with his household the longest, Eliezer of Damascus, back to Abraham's homeland to find a wife. In fact, Abraham was so concerned this choice be God's will, he made Eliezer promise he would not select a girl from among the Canaanite women. The Bible, with great detail, relates what happened on Eliezer's journey:
"Eliezer said to Abraham, ‘But perhaps the woman will not be willing to come along with me to this country. Must I take your son to the country from which you came?'
"Abraham said to him. ‘See to it that you do not take my son back there.'
‘"The Lord, the God of heaven. Who took me from my father's house, from the land of my family and my birth. Who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, To your offspring I will give this land - He will send His Angel before you, and you will take a wife from there for my son.'
‘"And if the woman should not be willing to go along after you, then you will be clear from this oath; only you must not take my son back there…'
"And the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, taking some of all his master's treasures with him; thus he journeyed to Mesopotamia (between the Tigris and the Euphrates), to the city of Nahor (Abraham's brother).
"And he made his camels to kneel down outside the city by a well of water at the time of the evening when women go out to draw water.
"And he said, ‘O Lord, God of my master Abraham. I pray You, cause me to meet with good success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham.'
‘"See, I stand here by the well of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming to draw water.'
‘"And let it so be that the girl to whom I say, I pray you, let down your jar that I may drink, and she replies. Drink, and I will give your camels drink also - let her be the one whom You have selected and appointed and indicated for Your servant Isaac (to be a wife to him): and by it I shall know that You have shown kindness and faithfulness to my master.'
"Before he had finished speaking, behold out came Rebekah, who was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, who was the wife of Nahor the brother of Abraham, with her water jar on her shoulder.
"And the girl was very beautiful and attractive, chaste and modest, and unmarried. And she went down to the well, filled her water jar, and came up.
"And the servant ran to meet her, and said. ‘I pray you; let me drink a little water from your water jar.'
"And she said, ‘Drink, my lord': and she quickly let down her jar onto her hand and gave him a drink.
"When she had given him a drink, she said. ‘I will draw water for your camels also until they finish drinking.'
"So she quickly emptied her jar into the trough and ran again to the well and drew water for all his camels.
"The man stood gazing at her in silence, waiting to know if the Lord had made his trip prosperous.
"And when the camels had finished drinking, the man took a gold earring or nose ring of half a shekel in weight, and for her hands two bracelets of ten shekels in weight in gold.
"And said. ‘Whose daughter are you? I pray you, tell me: Is there room in your father's house for us to lodge there?'
"And she said to him. ‘I am the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah and (her husband) Nahor.'
"She said also to him. ‘We have both straw and provender (fodder) enough and also room in which to lodge."'
Genesis 24: 5-25, Amplified Bible
There are four characters in this story that I would like to look at:
1. Abraham: We find that since his heartbreaking experience with Sarai and Hagar, Abraham had learned it is best to be guided by God rather than run ahead and cause problems. Abraham chose to put God first by selecting a godly woman and letting God lead in the decision.
2. Eliezer: Obviously, this most trusted servant had also learned that following God's will brought blessings. He had been with Abraham for years. He had watched as his master had learned to trust God's guidance so we see that in Genesis 24: 21, it says that after Rebekah gave Eliezer a drink, he, "stood gazing at her in silence, waiting to know if the Lord had made the trip prosperous." No snap judgments. No quick decisions. Silently, this trusted servant waited for God's time and God's message.
3. Rebekah: She was not only beautiful on the outside, according to Scripture, her generosity and kindness to this traveler came naturally. What's more, when God called her to leave her family and return to Abraham's home, she accepted and with obedience to God's will left her old life behind to begin a new life in
4. Isaac: When we meet Isaac in Genesis chapter 24, the Bible tells us that, "Isaac went out to meditate and bow down in prayer in the open country in the evening; and he looked up and saw the camels were coming" (Genesis 24: 63, Amplified Bible). Isaac was opening himself up to the guidance and blessings of God by praying as he waited for the answer to his prayers.
If we return to the well where Eliezer met Rebekah, it is the place I call, The Well of God's Guidance. And God's guiding hand is seen throughout this story.
By learning to wait for God's leading Abraham taught not only his servant but also his son to "wait upon the Lord." The hearts of Abraham, of Eliezer, of Rebekah, and of Isaac were receptive to God's leading, thus Genesis chapter 24 ends with these beautiful words.
"And Isaac brought her (Rebekah) into his mother Sarah's tent, and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her; thus Isaac was comforted after his mother's death." Genesis 24: 67, Amplified Bible.
Because God was the chosen guide of Abraham, Eliezer, Rebekah, and Isaac, a beautiful relationship was formed. A bond of love created by Heaven.
I don't know what situation you may have in your life right now that needs guidance of God to lead you in the correct direction. Whatever help you need, may you learn from Abraham's family to wait for God's help as Eliezer did; to follow the path God lays out for you like Rebekah did; and to keep the prayer-line open to Heaven like Isaac did. What a blessing Abraham learned from his earlier mistake when he ran ahead of God. His future example provided his entire family with a witness to what happens when we follow God's guiding hand in our own lives.
May the God of the Well of Guidance lead your life today.
"Lord, I feel like a little child with my hand in Yours, being led by You through the darkness that makes up my life's path. I feel like I am stumbling and grumbling through the uncharted ways and I stubbornly want a map! But help me to remember that You have already seen the twists and turns of my life and that You know this is the best road I can take while I hold Your hand."
Paul Fishback Powers
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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