A Decision to Make

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Genesis 24:28-6028And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things. 29And Rebekah had a brother, and his name was Laban: and Laban ran out unto the man, unto the well. 30And it came to pass, when he saw the earring and bracelets upon his sister's hands, and when he heard the words of Rebekah his sister, saying, Thus spake the man unto me; that he came unto the man; and, behold, he stood by the camels at the well. 31And he said, Come in, thou blessed of the Lord; wherefore standest thou without? for I have prepared the house, and room for the camels. 32And the man came into the house: and he ungirded his camels, and gave straw and provender for the camels, and water to wash his feet, and the men's feet that were with him. 33And there was set meat before him to eat: but he said, I will not eat, until I have told mine errand. And he said, Speak on. 34And he said, I am Abraham's servant. 35And the Lord hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels, and asses. 36And Sarah my master's wife bare a son to my master when she was old: and unto him hath he given all that he hath. 37And my master made me swear, saying, Thou shalt not take a wife to my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I dwell: 38But thou shalt go unto my father's house, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son. 39And I said unto my master, Peradventure the woman will not follow me. 40And he said unto me, The Lord, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house: 41Then shalt thou be clear from this my oath, when thou comest to my kindred; and if they give not thee one, thou shalt be clear from my oath. 42And I came this day unto the well, and said, O Lord God of my master Abraham, if now thou do prosper my way which I go: 43Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink; 44And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: let the same be the woman whom the Lord hath appointed out for my master's son. 45And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebekah came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water: and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee. 46And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also. 47And I asked her, and said, Whose daughter art thou? And she said, The daughter of Bethuel, Nahor's son, whom Milcah bare unto him: and I put the earring upon her face, and the bracelets upon her hands. 48And I bowed down my head, and worshipped the Lord, and blessed the Lord God of my master Abraham, which had led me in the right way to take my master's brother's daughter unto his son. 49And now if ye will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me: and if not, tell me; that I may turn to the right hand, or to the left. 50Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from the Lord: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good. 51Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the Lord hath spoken. 52And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the Lord, bowing himself to the earth. 53And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things. 54And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master. 55And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go. 56And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing the Lord hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master. 57And they said, We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth. 58And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go. 59And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham's servant, and his men. 60And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them. (Genesis 24:28‑60)
Rebekah then went home and told everything to her mother. It is a fine thing when children learn to tell things to their parents. “Honor thy father and mother” (Ephesians 6:22Honor thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) (Ephesians 6:2)) is still God’s order and cannot be disobeyed without bringing down His hand in discipline.
Eliezer awaited the invitation from Rebekah’s brother Laban, and what a hearty invitation it was, “Come in, thou blessed of the Lord.” Every kindness was shown to him, his servants, and his camels, and very soon a nice meal was ready for them. Eliezer would not eat, however, until he had told his errand. Everything was open and aboveboard, and there was no false impression left. He did not say one thing and mean another. It is nice to see this straightforwardness of charac­ter in the children of God, and it surely is honoring to the Lord. Nor was Eliezer out to see what he could get from his friends. Too many young people want to get as good a time as they can and do not deliver their message fairly as Eliezer did. God delights in uprightness, and so the whole matter was clearly stated in the presence of Rebekah’s parents. How much happier the parents felt about it, although the decision was left entirely to her, and they acknowl­edged that it was of the Lord.
The Lord Acknowledged
Again Eliezer bowed his head and worshipped. He acknowledged the Lord in all his ways, and surely He directed him. He gave jewels of gold and silver and raiment to Rebekah, as well as precious gifts to her brother and mother.
At last, when everything had been talked over, he relaxed and enjoyed himself, eating of the meal which had been prepared for him and his servants.
Having considered this touching story in its practical application to us as young Christians, let us now look at its primary meaning. Eliezer, as we re­marked in a previous chapter, speaks to us of the Spirit of God who is now in this world, pleading with sinners to leave this “far country” and come to Christ. There is a place in His bright home above for all who will come.
The Decision Made
After Rebekah had heard all about Isaac’s wealth and what would be hers as his bride, she was asked to make her decision. Her father and mother might have hindered her, but she must decide for herself. Eliezer wanted her to go at once, and the question is put plainly to her, “Wilt thou go with this man?” Dear reader, the question is being put plainly to you too, if you are still unsaved, “Will you accept Christ as your Saviour and start out for a Better Land?” Just as Eliezer, Abra­ham’s servant, was going to accompany Rebekah all the way back to Canaan if she was willing to go, so the Spirit of God will abide with the be­liever forever, taking him all the way to glory. Rebekah’s answer was de­finite. She said, “I will go.” Have you made your decision? If not, why not do so now? Do not delay — not even a few days, as Rebe­kah’s mother and brother suggested she should, but decide for Christ NOW.
Jesus for your choice is waiting;
Tarry not, at once decide.
While the Spirit now is striving,
Yield and seek the Saviour’s side.
Further Meditation
1. What did Eliezer need to do before he could eat with Rebekah’s family?
2. Rebekah had never met Isaac, so her decision was a huge step of faith. Who, if either of them, had the easier trip of faith to Israel, Rebekah or Ruth?
3. Faith is essential for the life of every believer. A simple pamphlet that will really help you in your life of faith is Faith by H. P. Barker. It contains many simple illustrations to help you grasp the difference between faith and feelings.