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. 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!

  2. Letitia Marshall says:

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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. ❤️

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. Ashley White says:

    So good!!!

  8. 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.