“And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.” Genesis 24:58
At the beginning of the year, when we begin reading the Bible through once more, the story of Isaac and Rebekah has always stood out to me. This year I am reading the New Living Version and enjoyed reading it once again.
Can you imagine the excitement when Abraham’s servant appeared at the well and greeted Rebekah with the news that he had come with the purpose of finding a bride for his master’s son? Then as Rebekah took him to her home and he told her family of his mission, it must have caused quite a stir. Knowing that they would probably never see their daughter again, her parents desired that they wait awhile before leaving, but the servant was insistent that it was imperative they go immediately. They called Rebekah and put the question to her. Without hesitation, she answered: “I will go.” She was willing to leave family and the only life she had ever known and journey to a strange place to marry someone she had never seen.
What a picture of a person hearing the call of God to repent and leave their old life behind, and without hesitation say an eternal “Yes” to Jesus. Family and friends may try to persuade them that they shouldn’t make these changes, but the anticipation of what is ahead is greater than the pull of what is familiar.
Rebekah was fully committed to go to Isaac, and nothing could hold her back. We must be fully committed to Jesus, willing to follow Him all the way. It is worth everything we leave behind, because of the joy and love we find in Jesus Christ, and the hope we have of spending eternity with Him.
Prayer: Jesus thank you for the invitation to follow you, for the joy and peace you give, and for the hope of the future with you.
Devotion by Anne Johnston