A Bride for Isaac

Bible reading:  Genesis 24

Memory Verse: I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Psalm 32:8

Story:   How much water does a camel drink?  You might not care, but it’s pretty important to today’s story.  A camel can drink 30 gallons (135 liters) of water at one time, depending on how thirsty it is.

Abraham gave his servant, Eliezer, a special mission. He had to find a wife for Abraham’s son, Isaac.  The people in Isaac’s home town worshiped idols.  Eliezer rode to Abraham’s home town to find a wife who would serve the one true God.  He brought ten camels loaded with gifts for the girl and her family.

It’s tough to find a wife for someone else. You can’t see a person’s heart just by meeting them. How do you know she’s honest or friendly or funny.  Only God can see a person’s heart. Eliezer thought up with a good test.

He prayed, “God, I will wait by the well.  When a woman comes by, I will ask her for a drink.  If she says, “Yes, and I will water your camels too, than I will know that’s the wife for Isaac.”

Soon, a pretty girl named Rebecca came by.  He asked her for a drink.

“Sure,” she said. “I’ll get water for your camels too, until they are finished drinking.”

When she offered to water the camels, she was willing to draw 300 gallons of water for this stranger.  That’s alot of work to water ten thirsty camels.  Rebekah had a servants’ heart.  She didn’t realize she was a miracle for Eliezer.  He told her the story, that she was an answer to prayer!

Rebekah returned with Eliezer and married Isaac, who loved her very much.  It was love at first sight. Rebekah’s servant heart and God’s direction that helped her find the man of her dreams.

What about you?

Do you ever worry about the future? What will you do?  Where will you live?

What are God’s promises for His children?

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, thank you that you promised to lead your children, just as a shepherd leads his sheep. Thank you that you care for every part of my life.  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.