Our church family is reading through the first five books of the Bible together in ninety days. We invite you to join us as we believe this will be a time that will change our lives.
In a world of cruelty, Ahmed wondered if his family’s fate was left to the blind forces of fate or if there was a God who cared. Fleeing unthinkable violence in the Middle East, Ahmed, along with his wife and four children, recently fled the violence in Syria. His family heard stories of refugees selling body parts to secure their future and witnessed others scrawling the word “freedom” across their bodies in the hope of being rescued. Theirs had been a long, arduous journey and he questioned whether God would care for them.
Some might look at Abraham’s family the same way. As Abraham’s life fades, Isaac, the chosen son, rises to the forefront. Abraham’s family is incredibly special because it is through this one family that God will bring the Messiah, Jesus Christ. The story of Isaac’s choice of Rebekah shows God’s unseen hand directing all things pertaining to Abraham’s life and his children’s lives.
As you read the story of Abraham’s servant choosing the wife of Abraham’s son, Isaac, take careful notice of the details of the story. You will notice that the story is told twice in Genesis 24 so you have the advantage of knowing what happens before either Isaac or Rebekah. God involves himself in the small details of the story by arranging all of life itself to suit his purposes. While you will not read of any miracles in this love story, neither will you see their lives governed by blind forces of chance. Instead, God’s unseen hand directs the regular, ordinary events of life for his people.
The God of Scripture is all powerful, all knowing, and all controlling. He directs, controls, and involves himself in the ordinary details of our lives even today.