Day 103: Trustworthy

Genesis 24:9-27

The servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter. The servant took ten camels, of his master’s camels, and departed, having a variety of good things of his master’s with him. He arose, and went to Mesopotamia, to the city of Nahor. He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at the time of evening, the time that women go out to draw water. He said, “Yahweh, the God of my master Abraham, please give me success this day, and show kindness to my master Abraham. Behold, I am standing by the spring of water. The daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. Let it happen, that the young lady to whom I will say, ‘Please let down your pitcher, that I may drink,’ and she will say, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink,’—let her be the one you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”

It happened, before he had finished speaking, that behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel the son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, with her pitcher on her shoulder. The young lady was very beautiful to look at, a virgin, neither had any man known her. She went down to the spring, filled her pitcher, and came up. The servant ran to meet her, and said, “Please give me a drink, a little water from your pitcher.”

She said, “Drink, my lord.” She hurried, and let down her pitcher on her hand, and gave him drink. When she had done giving him drink, she said, “I will also draw for your camels, until they have done drinking.” She hurried, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again to the well to draw, and drew for all his camels.

The man looked steadfastly at her, remaining silent, to know whether Yahweh had made his journey prosperous or not. It happened, as the camels had done drinking, that the man took a golden ring of half a shekel weight, and two bracelets for her hands of ten shekels weight of gold, and said, “Whose daughter are you? Please tell me. Is there room in your father’s house for us to lodge in?”

She said to him, “I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, whom she bore to Nahor.” She said moreover to him, “We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in.”

The man bowed his head, and worshiped Yahweh. He said, “Blessed be Yahweh, the God of my master Abraham, who has not forsaken his loving kindness and his truth toward my master. As for me, Yahweh has led me in the way to the house of my master’s relatives.”

Abraham’s servant was a very honest man. He made a careful promise and then he didn’t waste any time but went directly to the task of doing what he promised. When he got to the land he prayed, asking for God’s help.

It’s almost comical that God answered so quickly. The servant asked God for a specific sign and before he even finished asking, he saw Rebekah and had to run after her to meet her and ask for water. It’s as if God was saying, “enough already, here she is.” When we believe in God’s word and witness the miracle of his promise come to life, it is an amazing experience. It builds our faith in God’s word and reminds us that the one who cares so much for us is both faithful and powerful. God is in control of every circumstance.

It is good to observe the faith of the servant. He prays to God constantly. This is an example for us as Christians. God wants us to be in constant contact with Him. We have an opportunity to pray before during and after every part of our lives just like this unnamed servant did.