The story is a familiar one found in the pages of Genesis. I desiring a godly wife for his son, Abraham sends his servant back to his own country to find a wife for him.
We often hear of Rebekah’s admirable qualities ”“ her beauty, her hospitality, and hard work ethic. It all comes together in a love story where Isaac gets the wife of his dreams.
But the story does not end there. Reading this familiar story recently, a few different details stood out.
“Now these are the records of the generations of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham became the father of Isaac; and Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah …” (Genesis 25:19, NASB)
” … and Isaac was sixty years old when she gave birth to them [twin boys].”
(Genesis 25:26, NASB)
If I am doing the math correctly, twenty years had passed from the day they married until the day Rebekah gave birth.
Twenty years of doing life together, day in and day out. We are also given this detail:
“Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren …”
(Genesis 25:32, NASB)
Isaac prayed for his wife. The couple, particularly for Rebekah, had to endure deep disappointment which grew increasingly hard to bear, as the months and years dragged on.
And yet, Isaac prayed. And continued to pray to the only One who could change this situation.
What can we learn from this familiar story about waiting on God?
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