A humbled and open heart is fertile soil for God’s seeds of wisdom. Establishing deeper roots requires analyzing God’s word to discover truths, values, and lessons for application to our lives. Periodically, a scripture or passage calls for further exploration, like Genesis 24:45-58.
Our Deeper Roots passage in Genesis shows that when God is moving, we need to be ready to move. Our scripture selection opens with Abraham’s servant, Eliezer, recounting what led him to Rebekah at the well. Prior to their encounter, the servant prayed to the Lord for a girl who would water his camels and show kindness to his master. And then comes, Rebekah, who not only waters the camels but is a relative of Abraham. She met all of the search criteria that he was looking for. Eliezer went with her to her family’s home, and he was met with even more hospitality. As Abraham’s servant recounted the mission of finding a wife for Isaac, it becomes clear that God has orchestrated all of this. And now that the servant has found Rebekah, he’s ready to return to his master, but her brother and her mother wanted her to stay for 10 days before she left. They decided to ask Rebekah what she wanted to do and she responded that she would go with Eliezer.
After reading Genesis 24, it’s easy to see how many things had to line up for Eliezer. The key piece was that Eliezer faithfully sought God all along his journey. And God provided in ways that only He can. This chapter shows God’s providence. Providence is when God directs provision with compassionate wisdom. Even when we don’t see God, He’s still behind the scenes working. After hearing Eliezer recount the events of his journey, everyone could tell God’s hand was in this. But only Eliezer and Rebekah recognized the urgency of moving forward.
The story of Rebekah shows that God was visible even when He wasn’t visible. It demonstrates how God is constantly moving behind the scenes to provide exactly what is needed by His children. When God is moving, it’s best to jump all in. This story is a reminder to be aware of God’s hand moving and to be willing to move too. It is very possible to be in a move and miss the move of God. Today’s Deeper Roots is a reminder, ‘Don’t miss out on a move of God’.