Sharon Wilharm Bible Storyteller

Rebekah Meets Abraham’s Servant

Abraham’s servant left Canaan with ten of Abraham’s camels. When he reached the city of Nahor in Mesopotamia, he knelt down outside the city by a well. It was evening about the time the local women would come to draw water.

He prayed, “O LORD, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.” (Genesis 24:12-14 ESV)

Before he finished praying, Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel, and granddaughter of Milcah, came to the well for water. She was a beautiful young woman, and when the servant saw her, he ran to her and asked for a drink of water. She responded by getting water for him then getting water for his camels.

Psalm 37:23 tells us, “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” (NLT)

Rebekah went to the well like she did every day. But this time, God had something special waiting for her. Her thoughtfulness in providing for a stranger and his camels were an answer to prayer without her realizing it.

May we always be receptive to walking in the paths of God, knowing that he watches over us and prepares the way for us. Who knows what God has in store for you. May you be obedient to him today and every day.

Rebekah Meets Abraham’s Servant in the Bible: Genesis 24:1-21

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