Happy Ever After

Bible:

Now Isaac had returned from Beer-lahai-roi and was dwelling in the Negeb. And Isaac went out to meditate in the field toward evening. And he lifted up his eyes and saw, and behold, there were camels coming. And Rebekah lifted up her eyes, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from the camel and said to the servant, “Who is that man, walking in the field to meet us?” The servant said, “It is my master.” So she took her veil and covered herself. And the servant told Isaac all the things that he had done. Then Isaac brought her into the tent of Sarah his mother and took Rebekah, and she became his wife, and he loved her. So Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death. Genesis 24:62-67 ESV

Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 ESV

Reflection:

Cinderella was treated as the lowest servant in her own home, doing all the hardest work, dirty and dressed in rags. When the king gave a ball for his son, it didn’t seen as if she’d be able to go, but her fairy godmother gave her a coach with horses. She also gave Cinderella a beautiful gown with glass slippers. When the prince met her at the ball, he fell in love with her. Cinderella had to leave the ball at midnight, but she left one glass slipper behind. The prince decided he would only marry the woman whose foot fit in the glass slipper, and that’s how he found Cinderella.

Abraham’s servant found Rebekah, not by using a glass slipper, but by finding the young woman who would be kind and helpful to a stranger. She would be the one to give him a drink and to water his camels, which was a big job. This story isn’t a fairy tale. It wasn’t magic that helped Eleazar find Rebekah, but rather God. He brought Rebekah to the well at the right time so Eleazar would find her. She was related to Abraham, believed in the true God, and was willing to move far from her family to live in the land God promised Abraham’s family. These qualities made her a good wife for Isaac. The promised Savior would come from Isaac and Rebekah’s descendents.

Isaac now had a suitable wife, but would he be happy with her? Would he love her? Oh, yes. Isaac was still sad about losing his mother, and Rebekah gave him comfort and happiness. God was good to Isaac to give him so much happiness in his marriage. God gave him more than he might have hoped or dreamed of!

God also gives us more than we could possibly hope for. Jesus, the promised Savior, came to die for us and set us free from sin. He rose again from the to give us life forever with God. Any blessings we have in this life come from God, and anything we look forward to in the future is a gift from God. Knowing the love of God in Jesus is beyond our wildest dreams!

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for all the good things you give us, especially life with you through Jesus our Savior. In His Name, Amen.

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