So, I came across the story of Rebekah in the Bible. She was a woman of faith; courageous, daring and willing… and as I later discovered, very far from perfect.
Genesis 24 (you should totally read it) is where you’ll find Rebekah’s first appearance– Long story short: She meets and marries her bae, Isaac. It’s a crazy love story, but I got a few good things out of it:
Rebekah was an answered prayer.
The real love story isn’t actually that between Isaac and Rebekah, but the love of God toward His people, and His regard for His promises. Abraham had walked with God throughout his long life. As He remained faithful to God in the little things, God led him into even greater things, and blessed his faithfulness. God had proved to be a faithful provider to Abraham, so when he prayed for a wife for his son Isaac, he had no reason to doubt Him. Abraham was specific in his prayer to God about his son’s future wife – and God fulfilled each and every part of it! God is a loving and generous Father who is faithful to His word. God loves us and knows the desires tucked deep inside our heart. God is waiting on you to ask Him, and He is waiting to bless you!
“But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted.” John 15:7.
The servant who went out to find Rebekah prayed for her too. He had seen God’s faithfulness in Abraham’s life, and so he too, went in full assurance of faith. Before the servant had finished praying for Isaac’s partner, Rebekah came out with her jar on her shoulder. While the servant was praying for Isaac’s wife, the answer was already on the way. God is so faithful that He often answers prayer before we pray or as we’re praying.
She was servant-hearted.
Our society seems to think that good looks > good character. While Rebekah was beautiful in appearance, she wasn’t chosen by the servant for that reason. Rebekah’s heart for God was already evident from the sign that the servant proposed; Rebekah’s willingness to give water to the servant showcased her hospitality, generosity and work ethics. She didn’t just stop at the servant either – she even drew water for his camels. Based on my research buddy, Google – her water jar was probably a 3 gallon jar therefore she would have taken about 70-80 trips to gather water.
She was willing to go all-in for God!
So they called Rebekah. “Are you willing to go with this man?” they asked her. And she replied, “Yes, I will go.” Genesis 24:58.
When faced with a big life changing decision, Rebekah acted quickly and decisively. Her assurance of God’s sovereignty in her life motivated her to make a firm decision. She recognized God’s call on her heart and responded quickly. That shows an immense amount of courage and trust! Imagine how hard it would be to drop everything – your family, friends and country – to live far away in a foreign land. God might not ask us to do something as drastic as that, but may we move forward with the same confidence when He asks us to step out of our own comfort zones!
Rebekah’s story is no doubt marked by faith and favour from beginning to end. Rebekah’s simple act of kindness paved the way for an inheritance, a legacy, a family and a life that is still being talked about until today. I think if Rebekah were here today, she’d say that it is definitely worth it to step out of the familiar and go the extra mile.