The Return

The Return

50 Laban and Bethuel answered, “This is from the Lord; we can say nothing to you one way or the other. 51 Here is Rebekah; take her and go, and let her become the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has directed.”

52 When Abraham’s servant heard what they said, he bowed down to the ground before the Lord. 53 Then the servant brought out gold and silver jewelry and articles of clothing and gave them to Rebekah; he also gave costly gifts to her brother and to her mother. 54 Then he and the men who were with him ate and drank and spent the night there.

When they got up the next morning, he said, “Send me on my way to my master.”

55 But her brother and her mother replied, “Let the young woman remain with us ten days or so; then you may go.”

56 But he said to them, “Do not detain me, now that the Lord has granted success to my journey. Send me on my way so I may go to my master.”

57 Then they said, “Let’s call the young woman and ask her about it.” 58 So they called Rebekah and asked her, “Will you go with this man?”

“I will go,” she said.

59 So they sent their sister Rebekah on her way, along with her nurse and Abraham’s servant and his men. Genesis 24:50-59

Even though Rebekah was still under the care of her father and brother, they asked her to make a decision. She was going with them no matter what, but it was now a matter of timing. She was ready to marry someone she had never seen before and was in a hurry to do it.

She, of course, was relying on the truthfulness of a man she had never met before. It takes a lot of faith to act like that. She would not travel alone but with her own attendants so there was some degree of safety.

the Lord had obviously intervened in the servant’s mission in order to clear the way for Rebekah to come with him. In modern vernacular we might say “all the stars aligned” for it to happen, but we know otherwise.

When we came to faith not long ago or many years ago, we had to have this “reckless abandon.” It was an all or nothing pursuit. We knew that clinging to what we once knew would be be enough.

Think back to those times. What’s changed since then? Life perhaps? Marriage, kids, jobs, sickness, disappointments? Remember what it was like then? Remember the youthful bliss and feelings of peace and joy?

Is it possible to return to those days or are they all gone, never to return again? Only you can answer that.

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