A Perfect Relationship

A relationship which was entirely God-directed, a situation in which each person was obedient to God's will, is recorded in the twenty-fourth chapter of Genesis.

The Bible implies that Abraham always sought and followed God's guidance. When it came time for his son Isaac to marry, Abraham commanded his servant to go to another land and bring back a wife for Isaac. Upon hearing of his assignment, the servant expressed apprehension. But Abraham immediately turned upon the expression of doubt, with this reassurance for the servant (verse 40): "The Lord... will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way."

Upon reaching his destination, the servant prayed for a sign from God; and even before the prayer was finished, the answer came. Rebekah appeared and gave drink from her pitcher not only to this thirsty stranger but to his camels. Having prayed for guidance, the servant recognized the answer when it came to him. Knowing without question that Rebekah was the woman meant to be the bride of Isaac, the servant hastened to ask her family's permission to take her with him.

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Truth Is Our Medicine
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