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The woman who said, "I will go (now)."
RebekahBible Text: Genesis 24-27
Every 'ordinary life' is full of unexpected events. ORDINARY certainly does not mean dull or uninteresting, especially for any person who lives by faith.
A sad mistake so many make is to imagine "a real life, an interesting life" is full of thrills, lots of creature comforts and luxuries, and the satisfaction of being noticed - even famous.
If you say, those things don't matter to you, not even a little bit, I can only say, "You and I operate on a different wave-length. I wish I could say those things never matter to me, but after 60 years being a Christian, sometimes they do." I always have to struggle with my life's priorities -- keeping 1st things 1st.
Today we are going to look back into history to see a young woman who did some things right... Rebekah. But not every part of her life was up to that standard, either.
That's about all we know about her.
The New Testament, Romans 9, briefly mentions Rebekah as an example that
God's providence was set even before her twins were born, but adds nothing
about her character.
She must have said to herself, "the man is the son of my great uncle who left this place many years ago to go to a place that our God showed him. Now he is asking me to follow that path, too. I believe it is God calling me."
Did she wonder what kind of man he was that she would marry? She must have.
We cannot know just what thoughts were in her heart at that moment. But there must have been some level of awareness that she was following her divine destiny. When that happens, we all sense in our hearts a divine melody.
And in the few glimpses we see of her life in the years to follow she kept her awe at that divine providence. She placed her trust in in God's purposes for the family she joined and thus also for her own life.
Her life was not perfect, far from it. Not all things she did were noble. But she kept true to her core faith.
Sometimes we, too, may hear divine melodies in our hearts calling us to things of God.
Common wisdom is to "sleep on it" when we must make a big decision.
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