Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The thing comes from the Lord; we cannot speak to you either bad or good. Here is Rebekah before you; take her and go, and let her be your master’s son’s wife, as the Lord has spoken.” (Genesis 24:50-51)
Abraham had sent his servant to find a suitable wife for his son Isaac soon after the death of Sarah. Up until that point, Sarah had been the matriarch of the family; a family destined to propagate the covenant made with the Almighty. With the consent of her family and with her willingness to wed Isaac sight unseen, another story began. Rebekah would become a matriarch of Israel as would others after her. And let us not overlook the fact that God orchestrated the entire affair demonstrating that, before He removes one from the scene, He is already raising up another to step into their place.
This also demonstrates that God involves Himself in our personal lives to the extent that, if we will allow Him, He will even choose our mate for us. I don’t believe that He will force someone upon us, necessarily, but He will make it obvious (and some times through miraculous means) who He has chosen for us as a partner for life. In the case of Israel, He makes it very obvious that He was involved in who were to be the matriarchs of Israel; those who were willing to leave all behind in order to bring forth this special family.
Like all of these notable people, we must be willing to trust God and follow God, oftentimes into uncharted waters. In the days ahead we may find ourselves in a situation that He has orchestrated that, if we are hearing His voice, will be obvious to us that we are to obey His leading. This isn’t limited to finding a spouse; this is about our future and the future of our children. Rebekah was willing to trust the God of Abraham, for hers — are we?
Blessings and Shalom,