We have maps and GPS devices to help us navigate our trips, but discerning our life direction can be challenging. How do we decide if the next step should be forward or backward, right or left? When do we hit the accelerator, and when should we apply the brakes?
In Genesis 24, Abraham was advanced in age. His life had been full, yet there remained a pressing responsibility. Isaac needed a bride. Abraham tasked his oldest servant to return to the homeland to secure a wife for Isaac. We aren’t given the servant’s name but Bible scholars identify Eliezer as the most likely candidate.
Eliezer accepted the assignment and departed for Mesopotamia with a caravan of treasure. He had time to think as the camels swayed. How would he find the right city, the correct family and the specific girl? What betrothal details would be needed to convince her father to allow her to leave with a stranger? And if the mission was successful, would Isaac be happy with the choice?
Most decision points in life are ripe with questions.
Eliezer arrived in the town of Nahor and rested beside the town well. It was a strategic move because unattached maidens often visited the well to socialize with peers. Eliezer used his head but the choice was beyond his capacity. He needed help.
Recognizing our need for wisdom and guidance is a crucial step in determining life direction but who are we going to call?
Eliezer Went to God
Often we find ourselves making choice after choice, digging the pit deeper and deeper, before we ask God for His help. Eliezer began with God. Read his prayer closely and pay attention to his faith (Genesis 24:12-14). As Eliezer poured out his heart, he asked for specific guidance. Let me paraphrase his prayer:
“Lord, Isaac needs a wife and I don’t know which one to get. Abraham’s your friend and I know you want what’s best for him and Isaac. In a little while, the girls of the village will be coming to this well. Can you show me your choice?”
Before Eliezer said “Amen”, Rebekah walked by. The Bible states she was very beautiful. Eliezer approached her, asked for a drink, and Rebekah returned the response Eliezer needed to hear. He was overjoyed. Had he found Isaac’s bride?
In Part 2 we will follow Eliezer’s next steps as he confirmed the choice.