Read: Genesis 24:1-67
Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.” (emphasis mine) Genesis 24:12-14
There’s way more to cover here than I ever could with the number of words I’m allowed to use in this devotional. So, let’s narrow it down to taking a look at Abraham’s senior servant’s prayer.
First, his servant had been given a significant task and he begins by turning to God for direction. This is where we should always begin — in a position of communication with and reliance on God. While God doesn’t always answer prayer in such a specific way, if we don’t ask, we won’t know.
Second, the servant talks to God as though He were standing right there — actually kind-of funny when he begins by telling God the obvious: “See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water.” I wonder what God thought… ‘uh, yeah, thanks for clearing that up for me’? Maybe, but do you also see the beauty in this? Abraham’s servant spoke to God with great respect and with great comfort, recognizing God’s presence and activity in the midst of normal circumstances. At a place that was a common meeting place for locals gathering water daily and for travelers coming through town.
Most likely, Abraham’s servant learned to turn to God first and to speak to Him regularly by watching his master Abraham. In your life, who’s watching you? What habits will those watching learn? Do you include God in your every day decisions… or do you reserve conversations with Him for only church services or Bible study time?
Third, another significant aspect of this man’s prayer was when he asked God to not only have the woman offer him a drink, but that she might also say, ‘…and I’ll water your camels too.’
Abraham’s servant, in a very simple but culturally significant way, was asking God to reveal the heart of the woman. At the time it was normal for a woman to offer water to a traveler. However, it was not as common for her to offer water to the animals of a traveler. If she did, this would be one indication of a servants heart.
It says that Rebekah was outwardly beautiful. This was nice of the servant to consider (when choosing a wife for another man) but this was not the test she had to pass. He wanted to have an indication of her heart and to have confirmation from God.
What a tremendous privilege we’ve been offered — a God who is all knowing and all powerful, yet comes alongside us in our everyday lives!
Father God, as I read your word, please speak to my mind and heart. Help me to remain in communication with you throughout my day, and please use Your Spirit to shape me into the person you desire me to be.