I love a good love story…and if I want to watch a good one unfold, I can just turn on the Hallmark Channel any time of day. I mean every single flick is a perfect chain of events leading up to finding true love. The guy is dreamy and the girl has perfect hair and a new wardrobe. However, Hallmark is not the only place to find a good love story. Surprisingly, the Bible has some of its own. One of my favorites is the story of Isaac and Rebekah. It reads as if Isaac is the most eligible bachelor in town and Rebekah is the fairest maiden in all the land. Yet, they do not flaunt their eligibility to every person that comes along. They let the Lord decide who is the best match for them. So many times before I met my husband I worried that I would never find him, but I believe that was a thought the enemy wanted me to believe. The Lord wants His very best for you. It is our job to wait and discern who that person is.
As my husband has said many times before, “God reserves the best for those who leave the choice up to Him.” Genesis 24 gives a great example of how to wait for the one God has for you, and it gives us a glimpse into the beautiful love story God blessed this couple with. If you haven’t read the chapter, go ahead and read it for yourself.
Rebekah Was Diligent
Her character is what made her stand out as the Lord’s best. In verse 15 we see that Rebekah comes out to draw water with the women when they came out to draw water. We read that she carries a jar on her shoulder. This shows us that Rebekah worked hard quite frequently. She could have easily stayed in that evening, but she wasn’t lazy. She helped provide water for her family and was a woman characterized by her faithfulness.
Rebekah Was Modest
We also see that she is modest. Verse 16 says she was very attractive in appearance and that no man had known her. I love the fact that even though she was beautiful, she had guarded her purity. I would imagine many men had come through the town with their eyes set on Rebekah. Men who were constantly trying to win her affections earned no affection. Girls, no matter how much attention a guy gives you, be aware of his intentions. Make wise decisions and guard your purity.
Rebekah Was Servant-Hearted
Later in verses 18-20 we see her heart to serve. First, the servant who was sent to find a wife for Isaac asks for a drink. Rebekah not only gives him a drink, but she insists on giving water to all of his camels. Now this is where we really see Rebekah go the extra mile. According to National Geographic, a thirsty camel can drink up to 30 gallons of water in about 13 minutes. Previously in this chapter we know that Abraham’s servant brought 10 camels, and if we assume this is normal of a servant traveling on his master’s behalf, we can infer that her offer was no small task. Could you imagine drawing up to 300 gallons of water for this man’s camels? That was quite the task just to willingly offer to a complete stranger, but that is the kind of person Rebekah was. She had a heart to serve others, and it was evident. In verse 14, the servant had prayed specifically. He prayed the woman that God had chosen for Isaac would agree to give him a drink of water and also offer water to his camels. His prayer ensured that the wife he would bring back for his master would be a servant-hearted and kind wife.
So now that we have seen just a snapshot of Rebekah, let’s look at Isaac, the gentleman in our love story. Through this story we see the servant do a lot of discerning for him, but we can still see some great characteristics of Isaac through the actions of his servant.
Isaac Had a Godly Family
In verse 36 we read that Isaac is the son of Abraham and Sarah and that he has been given all that Abraham has. Abraham is known in the Bible for being blessed by the Lord. The Lord established His covenant with Abraham when he told him that He would multiply his descendants and that all the nations would be blessed through him. So we know that Isaac comes from a godly family.
Isaac Dwelled in the Promised Land
In verses 3-9 Abraham specifically asks the servant not to choose a woman from the Canaanites but to go back to their homeland and search for a wife. He wanted Isaac to stay in the land the Lord swore to give him, but he did not want his son to marry a pagan woman. We should uphold the same standard. The Lord does not want us in a relationship with anyone who does not believe whole-heartedly in Jesus.
Isaac Was a Man of Prayer
In verse 63 Isaac returns from a trip and goes out in the field to meditate. This shows us that Isaac was not just lolly-gagging around while the servant was on his search. Isaac was prayerful during this time about who the servant would find, and when he looked up that evening, there was Rebekah!!! She had come to marry him, and it reads just like any other sappy love-at-first-sight kind of moment that we all know and love. If you have not found your “Mr. Right”, I encourage you to pray for him until the Lord brings him along.
Sometimes we get so focused on who God has for us that we forget to be who God intends us to be. Be faithful where God has called you. That might mean being a true and consistent friend to friends both in and out of relationships, a student who tries their best, an athlete who leads the team by example, a daughter who serves her family by completing chores without eye rolling. Also, be modest in a culture that reveals too much. Serve others when it isn’t easy. Be ready, so when the right man does come along, you will be the best that God has redeemed you to be.
On the flip-side…wait for God’s best. God will not let you miss him. Every guy may not have a godly family, but he will have people in his life who fill that role by challenging him to walk in righteousness. Look for a guy who’s unwilling to settle for a girl who has been passed around by the world and its ways. Watch for someone to come along who prays. Our culture applies so much pressure to be in a relationship, but the Lord has the perfect one for you in His own time. It is in Him that we find the best relationship. Remember, God reserves the best for those who leave the choice up to him.
Jesus, would You please help me to know just how much You love me? Remind me that You want only Your best for my life. Give me wisdom to discern what relationship You want or don’t want me to be in. Help my heart lean on You alone. Let me serve others rather than focusing on myself. I love You.
1 Peter 3:3-4