God’s Story For Your Life


God’s Story For Your Life

Genesis 24:1-67

Sarah dies at age 127, and Abraham is “very old.” His
servant Eliezer goes to
seek a wife for Isaac.

Water for
Camels
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Read
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Then he [Eliezer] loaded ten of
Abraham’s camels with all kinds of expensive
gifts from his master, and he traveled to distant Aram-naharaim. There he went
to the town where Abraham’s
brother Nahor had settled. He made the camels
kneel beside a well just
outside the town. It was evening, and the women were
coming out to draw
water.

“O LORD, God of my master, Abraham,” he prayed. “Please give me
success today,
and show unfailing love to my master, Abraham. See, I am
standing here beside
this spring, and the young women of the town are coming
out to draw water.
This is my request. I will ask one of them, ‘Please give
me a drink from your
jug.’ If she says, ‘Yes, have a drink, and I will water
your camels, too!’—let
her be the one you have selected as Isaac’s wife. This
is how I will know that
you have shown unfailing love to my master.” /
(Genesis 24:10-14)

Reflect
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The well, the chief source of
water for an entire village, was usually located
outside town along the main
road. Many people had to walk a mile or more for
their water. They could use
only what they could carry home. Farmers and
shepherds would come from nearby
fields to draw water for their animals. The
well was a good place to meet new
friends or to chat with old ones. Rebekah
would have visited the well twice
daily to draw water for her family.

Was it right for Abraham’s servant to
ask God for such a specific sign? The
sign he requested was only slightly out
of the ordinary. The hospitality of
the day required women at the well to
offer water to weary travelers but not
to their animals. Eliezer was simply
asking God to show him a woman with an
attitude of service—someone who would
go beyond the expected. An offer to
water his camels would indicate that kind
of character. Eliezer did not ask
for a woman with good looks or wealth. He
knew the importance of finding a
woman with the right heart, and he asked God
to help him with this task.

Respond
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Obviously Eliezer (see
Genesis 15:2) had learned much about faith and about
God from his master,
Abraham. What are your family members, friends, and
associates learning about
God from watching you? Be like Abraham, setting an
example of dependent
faith. And be like Eliezer, asking God for guidance
before any venture.

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