Many of us concern ourselves with finding the “perfect” spouse. The act of marriage according to Christianity is the intimate unity between a man and a woman ordained by God. With God’s blessing and direction, through prayer, we are able to find a spouse with clarity in His timing. But, we should not marry outside the faith. As believers, both Abraham and Sarah together raised Isaac as a Godly man in a household blessed by God. As a righteous parent, Abraham showed concern for his son’s faithfulness and eternal welfare. He made it clear to his oldest servant that Isaac must marry a bride from his country, not a Canaanite. In fact, Isaac never left the Promised Land; he was the son of promise, after all.
“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.” – 2 Corinthians 6:14
In devotion, the servant sought clarity from God to direct him to the right wife for his master’s son… and God provided! God’s timing is wonderful and purposeful. It took years before Abraham and Sarah conceived the son God promised, but immediately (before the servant had even finished praying) God provided a wife for Isaac. Not blinded by his own timing, the servant saw the God’s path clearly and did not linger in his task (even when asked by Rebekah’s family).
“It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear.” – Isaiah 65:24
With a servant’s heart Rebekah watered the camels. Abraham’s servant did not even have to ask her. Her character defines that of a Godly wife: “simple, industrious, humble, cheerful, serviceable, and hospitable” (M. Henry). Rebekah’s willingness to leave her family and belongings so quickly demonstrates her steady faith in the Lord. She is often compared to the church (remember Isaac is compared to Jesus):
- “Chosen for marriage before they knew it (Ephesians 1:3-4)
- Necessary for the accomplishment of God’s eternal purpose (Ephesians 3:10-11)
- Destined to share in the glory of the son (John 17:22-23)
- Learn of the son through his representative
- Must leave all with joy to be with the son
- Are loved and cared for by the son” (D. Guzik)
Some additional verses about marriage: Genesis 2:22-24; Proverbs 18:22; 1 Corinthians 7:1-16; Ephesians 5:22-33; Matthew 19:4-6; Colossians 3:18-19; Mark 10:6-9; Hebrews 13:4-7