Abraham wanted to find Isaac a wife. Sarah had just died and he wanted to make sure his son would be taken care of. So, he sent his servant, Eliezer of Damascus, to go back to Abraham’s native country to find a suitable woman among his family members. His servant’s concern is one we have to grapple with everyday.
“Perhaps she is not willing…” (Genesis 24:5)
Reading Abraham’s story earlier in Genesis, it’s a wonder that Abraham was willing to leave the comfort of his home to an unknown place with a newly known God. He could have easily declined God’s invitation, but instead chose to believe that God would lead him where he needed to go and fulfill the promise He made.
Abraham trusted that God would lead his servant to a suitable woman to become Isaac’s wife. After Eliezer found Rebekah, and she fulfilled all the stipulations he gave to the Lord, he recounted the story to Rebekah’s family and gave God the glory for leading him in the right way to the right woman.
After hearing this, Rebekah could have refused to leave the comfort of her family. After all, surely she could have found a husband close by! But instead, she made the decision to wed Isaac.
Abraham followed God’s lead, just as Eliezer followed Abraham’s, and Rebekah followed Eliezer’s. We are all called to be servants; to obediently follow where the Master leads us.
God gives us free will to respond or reject His leading in our lives. When we respond in submission, we yield our desires for something greater than our own. There are times we may not understand what is exactly awaiting us, but we can be sure that where God leads, it will be for our blessing and His glory (Jeremiah 29:11).