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Marrying Someone You have Never Met Before
by Emilou Ilagan 
10/29/12
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Marrying Someone You have Never Met Before

Since time immemorial, God has a special way of getting things done. He uses a variety of situations and people to realize His purposes and plans. It is God who should be the focus in every area of life. Even when it comes to relationships on the human level, He has to be the center.

As a single person, I am very much amazed by a certain woman in Genesis. REBEKAH, which is synonymous to beauty, personifies the kind of wife I want to become in the future. Of course, she was not perfect in character but her faith in God outweighs all her weaknesses.

The Scriptures clearly states that Rebekah is a very beautiful woman and more than that, a virgin. I have observed that she is youthful and energetic as can be seen in her routinary activityódrawing water from the well every afternoon. Probably, she has watered camels even before she has met Abrahamís servant. Earlier in the story, Abrahamís servant made an oath to his master to find a wife for Isaac in his country. The said servant prayed to God and asked for a sign in choosing a suitable wife. I have learned that we can do the same. We need to acknowledge God in everything we do. He will surely answer our prayers if we believe. He never changes.

Truly enough, Rebekah gave him a drink and watered his camels as well. There are times when we are doing our usual responsibilities and suddenly, God puts us at the right time, at the right place, with the right person. They are divine appointments for us. One thing also interests me---the fact that she has to draw water for ten thirsty camels. Northern Syria is very far from Mesopotamia so we can just assume that these camels badly need refreshment. (Of course, they drank during the journey!) Later on, her beauty were enhanced by the gold nose ring and bracelets brought by the servant. Another confirmation that Rebekah is indeed Godís choice is when he asked about her father and if there is any space to stay for the night. Her answer satisfied the servant. She hurriedly broke the news to her family and the servant narrated everything that transpired. Within two days, the servantís oath is fulfilled. Rebekah did not hesitate to marry Isaac whom she has never met.

This is not an easy circumstance for a young woman. How can you be so sure that you will like the person? Would you consider his looks, age, status, and character before accepting a marriage proposal? There are so many questions you have to ask before plunging into a no-turning back attachment. Every time I read this text, I feel so touched and inspired by Rebekahís trust in the Lord. She knows that God will give her to a wonderful man fitted for him. Very early in our lives, we should pray to God about our marriage partner. From Rebekah and Isaacís love story, one can say that a wife is a gift from God (from Proverbs). Rebekah plays a very important role because she is the mother of Jacob who became a great nation, Israel. In Gen. 24.60, thereís a blessing for her. Her obedience led to blessings (Deut. 28). Every woman who will obey God will become a vessel of producing godly people. There will be a harvest of many souls because of such obedience.

If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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