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REBEKAH – A woman of Faith

Dear Friends,

It is only when you have a personal relationship with God, that you can walk in the faith that God would desire for each of us.

How can we know what God would want for our lives if we are not willing to take the time to ask Him.

Faith asks of God. Faith waits on God for an answer. Faith obeys God completely.

As I was looking at the life of Rebekah, I noticed that faith played an important part in her destiny.

Abraham’s Faith
Abraham desired a wife for his son, Isaac. This wife was to come from his relatives. So Abraham sent his servant to find the wife God would choose.
(Gen. 24:7)

Abraham’s servant’s Faith
The servant travelled to the town of Nahor and stopped by a well. The servant prayed to God that he would meet the girl at the well, and he specifically prayed of the specific conversation he would have with her.

“Before he had finished praying, Rebekah came out…” Gen. 24:15 NIV

Rebekah offered the servant and his camels water, just as the servant had asked God! Rebekah drew water for this stranger’s ten camels, which would not have been the easiest task!

The servant bowed down and worshipped the Lord. She was the answer to his prayer. God has led him to an Israelite woman, and one of Abraham’s relatives.
(Gen. 24:26 & 48)

This encounter between the servant and Rebekah, was a Divine Appointment, pre-arranged by God.

Rebekah’s Faith
Rebekah took the servant to meet her family as she had offered him and his ten camels a place to stay. The servant then explained the purpose of his journey was to find a wife for Abraham’s son, Isaac, and how God had answered his prayer when he met Rebekah.

As Laban and Bethuel confirmed that this was indeed from God. (Gen. 24:50) They gave their blessing on the marriage. The servant brought out gold and silver jewellery and articles of clothing for Rebekah, as well as costly gifts for her brother and her mother.

The servant was eager to leave, now that he had fulfilled the purpose for his journey, but Rebekah’s family wanted him to stay for another ten days or so.

Rebekah’s family decided, ““Let’s call the girl and ask her about it.” So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”

“I will go,” she said.

So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham’s servant and his men. And they blessed Rebekah…” (Gen.24:57-60 NIV)

This was quite an amazing step of faith in the life of Rebekah. A step that changed her life forever! She willingly responded to God. She left her family and the life that she knew, to go to an unknown place, and to marry an unknown man!

Isaac married Rebekah, the Word of God simply states that “he loved her”. (Gen. 24:67 NIV) Rebekah did not find a loveless marriage, but a husband who did love her!

How many of us would have stepped out in faith like that? This was 100% Faith on Rebekah’s part.

I thought that it was interesting that the servant met Rebekah at a well. A well holds water. Water is known as a Type of the Holy Spirit in the Bible.

Today, the “well” would be the “church”. This would be the place where God meets with us corporately, and where God refreshes us with His “living” water.
This is the place that God would desire us, as Christians, to meet our prospective marriage partners.

It was through Faith that Rebekah stepped into her destiny.

And so, we too, need to recognise the Divine Appointments that God has set up in our lives, and to step out in Faith.

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