Reflection on Genesis 24:28-67

“Our sister, may you become the mother of millions!”

Abraham's servant has been entrusted with the task of finding a wife for Isaac. He goes to the distant town of Aram-Naharaim where he meets up with a young woman called Rebekah. The servant had prayed that the right woman would offer to water his camels, which is what Rebekah did.

Rebekah runs home to tell her brother Laban and father Bethuel what has happened. They invite him to stay in their home and he recounts the story of his mission and its fulfilment in Rebekah.

Laban and Bethuel recognise that this is of the Lord. The servant then returns home with Rebekah who marries Isaac.


This is a story of extraordinary faith and perseverance. Abraham clearly trusts his servant for this important task. The servant equally trusts the Lord to lead him to the right woman.

The intersection of faith and life decisions is where we can see God most at work. We pray for guidance and trust that the Holy Spirit will lead us in some way.

Rebekah turns out to be a great choice of a wife for Isaac. Despite the unlikely method of choosing her, God is at work in the process. We really can trust the Lord to provide for us in the unlikeliest of situations.

Father I put my trust in you today. Help me to take my hands off the situations that are best left to you. Help me to be faithful to you in all I do. Amen.


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