A Wife for Isaac

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Genesis 24:1-67, Genesis 25:1-18, Psalm 37:23-24, Lamentations 3:22-23

In 2009, I moved to Nashville to take a job at a middle school that had no central heat or air. That summer was hot, and I spent day after day in my new classroom, cleaning out closets stuffed with books, mice feces, and dust. By the end of my first week in a new city, I was exhausted, friendless and scared that I’d made a huge mistake in taking this job.

That weekend, a friend reached out and invited me to a concert with a group of friends. “This guy Patrick is planning it,” my friend told me. “Here’s his number.” Maybe I was desperate for new friends. Maybe all that time in an airless classroom made me bold. But I called, and a man with a deep, soothing voice answered the phone. Patrick and I talked for a long time. When we met later that night, I saw in his eyes something familiar and kind. Much to everyone’s surprise, we were engaged five months later. People thought we were crazy, and for the record, let me say this: we were.

Isaac and Rebekah have an even crazier origin story. Camels, water troughs, long distances across foreign lands, prayers to God—all accumulated to create an arranged marriage between two people whose lives God would use to change the course of history. Their story is full of the kind of inexplicable coincidences that help us see God’s hand at work. I mean, what are the chances that Abraham’s servant would arrive at this well, at this hour? He asks her for water, and waits to see if this young woman will offer to quench the thirst of his camels as well. He’s searching for kindness, for goodness, for industrious character. And he finds it in Rebekah, the very first woman he meets.

What are the chances?

As a Christian, I believe that God is constantly at work, guiding His people in the way they should go. Scripture tells us that “a person’s steps are established by the LORD,” and that “all [our] days were written in [His] book” (Psalm 37:23; 139:16). “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which he prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). These are comforting truths when things seem to be going our way, but not so much when our circumstances seem to go awry, veering off into an unexpected direction. But even then, God is our protector, who never sleeps or slumbers (Psalm 121:4). He is always engaged with our lives, whether we realize it or not.

And so it was with Isaac and Rebekah. Their story reminds me that God builds unlikely families, restores broken relationships, and heals us from what seems irreparable apart from Him. He promised to build a family through Abraham and his descendants, a family line that would eventually lead to the Messiah, our Savior Jesus, who was born into this world to redeem His own Bride, the Church.

After pursuing and finding a bride for Isaac, his servant “knelt low [and] worshiped the LORD, and blessed the LORD,” the God of Abraham (Genesis 24:48). Jesus Christ pursued His own Bride, even to the point of death on a cross. May our response be to turn to Him in worship, thanking Him for His faithful love and mercies that never end (Lamentations 3:22–23).

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  1. Stephanie H says:

    Thankful for this reminder today of God’s faithfulness and willingness to answer prayer so graciously as he did for Abraham’s servant. I am praying that he would give me success today in sharing the reason for the hope that is in me with a friend I’m not sure knows Jesus.

  2. Natasha R says:

    God’s surprises are the best surprises! ❤️

  3. Alexandra Villalon says:

    Wondering if Abraham loved the women he was with? Or did he take another wife just to fulfill Gods promise- in order to multiply?

  4. Tracie Nall says:

    I am embarrassed to say that the many times I have read the story of the servant searching for Rebekah, a wife for Isaac, I haven’t thought about Gods perfect timing or ordained steps. But how like our God to hear the prayer of Abraham’s servant and answer with exacting detail!

    Like the author of this devotion and her husband Patrick, my husband and I met and in similar “craziness” were engaged 9 short days after our initial meeting, we talked about marriage the night we met, and God has blessed us with 32 years of marriage.
    I wasn’t a believer when we met, neither was he and we certainly didn’t pray for a detailed sign, but God no less had us meet at the exact place, the exact moment

    1. Tracie Nall says:

      And exact way that He would begin our story! Our story I hope and trust brings glory to God as we now take each step of our journey to bring honor to Him! And yes, like the servant, we now worship and praise God for the steps He ordained in our beginning and beyond!

      I didn’t know it then but am so thankful now that it was God who directed my steps!

  5. Yolanda Harbon says:

    I love how it says (twice in this passage) v.45 “Before I had finished praying silently, there was Rebekah coming with her jug on her shoulder, and she went down to the spring and drew water. So I said to her, ‘Please let me have a drink.’”

    It was before the servant had finished praying! As he was still praying silently to God! That was when the story continued, where the God direction went, where the promises of God kept going. I hope I can keep continually praying to God and expecting big things! I mean, He’s God!

  6. Ashley Thomas says:

    I, too, had a whirlwind romance when I met my now husband. For those of you who have been here for some time, you’ve most likely read my testimony. I was not following God; in fact, I flat out refuted His existence. Yet my mother, unbeknownst to me, was praying daily for God to make a way back into my life. And that’s what He did through my husband. So even though I was hungover and asleep in the library when my husband stumbled upon me, God made a way, and I am blessed. Don’t give up. Always pray!

  7. Letitia Marshall says:

    God you are so good! Thankful for the way God guides and protects us. His mercies are new EVERY morning!

  8. sheila says:

    This story makes me happy and sad. I so want God to bless my 2 early 30’s sons with Godly wives. I know HE can. I just don’t know that HE will.

  9. Ashley Lewis says:

    Many years ago I found God calling me close as I walked through a rough patch in my life. I bought a leather bound journal to begin journaling my prayers/thoughts. I kept it and journaled in it just when I felt God call me to sometimes often sometimes rarely. Then as I became a Christian maybe 5 years later God gave me a vision of a large Oak tree glowing with light. I felt God revealing to me that my faith would one day become like a great oak tree. Deep roots with big branches. I’ll never forget that. Then just a month or two I was journaling in the leather bible and then stopped to pray. I found my attention being pulled down to look at the journal and there on the cover all along was a mighty oak tree embossed into the leather. It took my breath away and brought flood of tears to my eyes as it doesn’t right now. He knows our path and leads us for his glory. When we chose him and his way we sit right in the palm of his hand safe and loved. He is God. Amazing and wonderful. ❤️

  10. Jessica says:

    This was a good read today. I’ve struggled today with trusting God’s plan/presence. Something I have prayed for consistently, which seemed to be turning around, had a set-back today and it just disheartened me. But I know He’s working, even when I can’t see it.

  11. Jennifer Anapol says:

    I loved this devotional today! It was such a great reminder of how God is at work in our lives all of the time. He always has a plan, and is leading a land guiding our steps.

  12. Ashley White says:

    So good!!!

  13. Mindy says:

    Thank you so much for writing this today. As I had to trust the Lord by letting my daughter find her way and put her in Gods hands, I had to deny my rights to spend time with her. It was my the last string that I was gripping so tightly to because of how much I love her. Her heart was hardened and it was so hard for me to see that. I knew I had to trust God completely even if it meant submitting my rights to our relationship because She is Gods child before she was ever mine. I have had to let go and lay down practically everything just to hold on to God alone. He will not leave her or forsake her.

  14. Christine B says:

    Morgan, I completely relate! So thankful He continues to pursue us even when we go astray. He IS a GOOD Father!

  15. Audrey Flores says:

    I am so encouraged by how bold Rebekah was in leaving home. I just moved from the US to Northern Europe and it’s been a challenge. To learn a new a whole life over again with a big language barrier. Lately I have been telling Him how much I miss the US and my control over my daily life. Today’s reading was such a powerful reminder for me that’s not God’s purpose for me. Jesus needs to be King of my whole life. He knows more and controls everything and I need to just trust His plans are better than any of mine. Thank you Lord for this reminder!!

  16. Hannah Thompson says:

    God can do the improbable, the impossible. That gives me hope in a hopeless world.

  17. Rachel Peabody says:

    I loved this story. My goal for 2020 is to be brave, to be more faithful and to just trust that God is guiding my steps. SRT is always such a great start to my morning.

  18. Josie says:

    Ugh this was so good today. God is so good. On those days when I’m frustrated and feel so alone, spending time to focus on the Lord recenters me in a way. In a way I’m still a bit lost, but I know that I know that my Father is here with me, listening to my aching heart, watching me. This assurance is beautiful; he speaks to me through this ancient scripture, still so alive and full of light. And yet. Even knowing that he hears, that he is actively listening, I don’t know how to respond. I know he has directed my steps up to this point, and he will continue to lead me along the path. And I feel so sure of this. So why do I have to keep waiting? I know he hears me. I know he’s sitting here with me. And while I know deep down it will all be okay, it’s so difficult to keep trusting for the next step. I don’t know when to move.

  19. Morgan Pless says:

    God called me back from living a life of destruction, and for that I’m forever thankful. His love is so incredible, He is a GOOD Father!!!

  20. Amber E says:

    I was talking to my husband about this yesterday. During the difficult times, it’s so hard to remember that God brought us there for a reason. Looking back, I can clearly see how God’s hand has been on every good and bad thing in our lives. These situations are amazing reminders to turn to Jesus when things are hard. It’s all in His hands!

  21. Maura says:

    Praising our God with you all. He is faithful. Even in this day and age where there are so many voices trying to speak to us, so many choices the world tempts us to make, so much confusion for so many. He is our Rock and our Redeemer. He does not fail us though we fall, He does not forsake us. He has Everlasting Arms that hold us. We can know that He is who He says He is and His love never fails. Lean in sisters, His arms are wide open and waiting. Joy to the day.

  22. Mari V says:

    Our God never sleeps or slumbers. He is our protector! Comforting words this morning. Now that’s our God. Thankful when I feel scared of the unknown. I’m reminded in His Word that He is with me.

  23. Allison Sherwood says:

    I love this story because it reminds me how perfect God’s timing is! My husband and I just moved to a new city merely months after getting married, and God provided so many things for us in the PERFECT time! Praise!

  24. Churchmouse says:

    Oh dear Tina, your words resound with me today. Thank you for them, for speaking this profound truth. Nothing in our lives is wasted. Every experience that occurs is under His sovereign control. Though we may not understand it or like it, He will most certainly redeem and restore it all. We eagerly anticipate His next move. It will be wondrous. Because He loves us. Resting and reliving on that today. Copying your words in my journal, Tina. From His heart in the heavenlies through you over there to me over here. Thank you, God. Thank you, Tina.

  25. K D says:

    I take such comfort in knowing that the Lord will always go before me…He knows the plans He has for me. Amen and amen.

  26. Tina says:

    This is so funny or is it God…?

    This morning as I brushed my teeth and half talking half praying to the lord, I asked Him, ‘Is this it? Am I to spend my days alone and without a companion, a love that I can be mad with..
    I found myself apologising for the past, and looking back wondering what I could have done to change this course of my life that I am on..
    There was no response… but there was this devotion when i sat with my tea to spend time with Him!

    It’s nearly 15 years since I have been on my own/single/unattached.. it’s been hard some days, and some days I haven’t even noticed..

    But here’s the thing…

    I was at the right ‘well’ all those years ago .. for that season in my life.. for that time, for that experience, that part of my journey.., I bear no malice or anger, or anything negative… I wish my past well, and hold fast to the promises of the God who rebuilds, restores, remakes. God, has been bringing together since the beginning of time.. He never changes.. He is the same yesterday yesteryear/yester-decade, today, and I know He will be the same tomorrow, a year from now, ten years from now..

    So…

    For now, I wait, I wait in faith, and I praise and I worship, that when the time is right, my ever, ever so faithful God will place me at the ‘well’ again for the new chapter and season of my life…

    Amen..

    Happy Wednesday Sisters, with love wrapped hugs for today to be a God blessed day ❤

    1. Deja Gibson says:

      I love this

    2. Claire B says:

      ❤️❤️❤️

    3. Elise Cooper says:

      Beautiful words

    4. Traci Gendron says:

      Beautiful

    5. Hillary H says:

      Amen ❤️

    6. Jennifier Bartlett says:

      Thank you! I needed to read this.

  27. Kara says:

    Imagine how much God delighted in the prayer of Abraham’s servant. He orchestrated the perfect solution, and all the servant needed was faith.

    Where do you need to open your hands in faith? God delights in providing for His people. Let’s take a step of faith together today and let Him move mountains. To God be the glory!

    1. Traci Gendron says:

      I need faith today. My son has a rare illness that young adults die from every year. He is 31, 4 years past his life expectancy. There is a stem cell trial happening now. My prayer is that he gets into the study. I need faith to live with whatever God decides for Tanner. Hardest road I have had to endure. Sometimes I just don’t know if I can do it. God please give me that enduring faith through whatever road you put me on.

      1. Camille English Davis says:

        I just prayed for you and your son. Standing with you in faith…

      2. Kirstie Le Lievre says:

        I prayed for you and your son also, Traci. Praying for God’s healing power at work in Tanner. Hugs from Melbourne Australia.

  28. Bessie H says:

    Today’s story is much more joyful. God continues to be faithful to Abraham by showing him that his son Issac finds love and happiness. Today’s lectionary verse is from Psalm 37:4 “Take delight in the Lord”. I have been pondering what it means to take delight in the Lord. I put ‘delight’ a step higher on the happiness ladder. It is a lighter, more bouncy joy. Coming to my Lord in the morning is a solemn and reverent time, but God says to take delight. God is new every morning. His mercies are refreshed and renewed. That is something to be joyful for. Even take delight in. I smile this morning at this new day to spend with my Lord. To have fun and enjoy my Lord as we walk through this day together, whatever it may hold.

  29. Churchmouse says:

    One of my favorite phrases is “It was a God thing!” It’s been used by myself, my husband, my daughters and my friends over and over throughout the years. It delights me every time. It is an acknowledgment of the surprising hand of God in certain situations where He wasn’t readily recognized. It’s as if we’d suddenly had our eyes opened, seeing His involvement, hearing His sweet small voice saying “Ta da! I was with you all along!” His ways are not always our ways and I thank God for that. He knows better for He is sovereign Lord over all and His heart is for His own. He surprises us. He blesses us with His faithfulness. Today, look for, and expect, His “Ta da!” He is so good at it.

    1. Jennifer Anapol says:

      Thank you for this reminder! I too love that phrase, “it was a God thing.” I first heard it in one of my favorite series, Christy Miller. It’s such a great reminder that many of those “good things” in our lives are actually “God things.”

    2. Nancy Singleton says:

      Friends & I have used “God-incidence” versus coincidence. Same idea. No coincidence in God’s economy.

  30. Sarah Davis says:

    Last night I was frustrated and crying out to the Lord because of the lack of control that I was desiring in my life. As I was journaling last night, I landed that God’s plans are much greater than mine. I trust in his will. I trust that his will be glorified.
    This morning as I read, I am encouraged by Rebekah’s boldness. She was called and she went. He knows our steps. He keeps us in His hand. Great is Your faithfulness God.

    1. Elizabeth Arizpe says:

      I can relate to your frustration Sarah! God has provided for my family over and over again and I still find myself worrying. May we remember at least for a day how loved we are and how trustworthy God is.

  31. Marlyne says:

    Great is thy faithfulness. Lord I thank you for your faithfullness that even in my darkest hour you continue to keep me when I don’t even know how to keep myself. When I feel like my world is falling apart you lift me up with your mercy and grace. You always show a sign of your grace and mercy in these times when I feel alone. I thank you for your comfort.I will not be anxious any longer knowing that you will provide. Thank you for the reading of the word. Amen.

  32. Elaine Morgan says:

    Abraham’s story reminds me that God is always with us working within even the smallest details of our lives, providing for us and protecting us for His glory and purpose. I am so grateful.

  33. Chelsea Mitchell says:

    Father God thank you for your continued walk with me and never letting me fall alone. You are always there by my side even when I think no one is there you will never leave me nor forsake me. For this I am humble and grateful.

  34. Angie says:

    Fingers dance across the keys.
    My mind swirls, mentally swaying with arms lifted high to the King of Kings.
    I am not embarrassed, because His love is pure and whole.
    He is creator, and I am the created-given a choice.
    I chose worship.
    He enters me into His presence.
    Worship filters as a fragrance
    Honoring, praising, in humble gratitude and eternal love
    Forgiven, pure, wholly righteous – covered in the blood of Jesus
    Amazed
    His.
    Forevermore.

    1. Susan Rowe says:

      Thank you for sharing. That is so beautiful.

    2. Avis Radford says:

      Beautiful!!! I Am saving this beautiful poem

    3. Avis Radford says:

      Beautiful

    4. Traci Gendron says:

      ❤️

  35. Blessed Beth says:

    Thank you God for your continued patience, love and guidance in all situation. You only want the best for me and you are always faithful.

  36. Searching says:

    I can look back and see clearly some of the times that God’s hand has guided me through good and not-so-good times. Lord, I pray that you would help me see your hand and guidance in the present as I walk through each day.

  37. Kristen says:

    May we know these beautiful truths of Scripture and be set free from anything that is holding us back or controlling our minds and actions. I recently saw a post on an eating disorder recovery page that talked about how we are fearfully and wonderfully made. We should not worry about numbers on a scale. She asked us to share on how we are grateful for what our bodies can do. That reminded me of the Scripture above: “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time for us to do.”
    ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬ ‭CSB‬‬
    https://www.bible.com/1713/eph.2.10.csb
    Our lives are so much more than things that hold us prisoner. If anyone is suffering in any way, please get help and be healed and set free! So that we May we dwell on the words Claire wrote that tell us Jesus Christ pursued His own bride, even to the point of death on the Cross! May that wreck us, may we fall in love and worship Him. May we want to live to please Him in what we say and do, because we are so grateful and amazed at His love for us. May we be so enamored with Jesus that never want to hurt Him, but live in a way that draws people toward Him in Jesus’ Name Amen.