Carrying Eliezer’s Water
Eliezer prayed to God,
“now may it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master.”
Genesis 24:14 (NASB)
Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. Upon coming to Abraham’s ancestral home Eliezer asked God to give him a sign to show whom he should choose as Isaac’s bride. The test he chose was that the girl he asked for a drink of water would also volunteer to draw water for his camels. Being that a thirsty camel can drink up to 30 gallons of water, and that Eliezer had ten camels, that was a lot of water! However, the young girl Rachel, when asked to give a total stranger a drink, did so willingly and also watered all Eliezer’s camels too.
Sometimes what God asks us to do may seem like a lot of busy work and not very important. Yet the truth is that we are being examined to see what kind of heart and character we possess. Rachel did not have to go the extra mile and water all Eliezer’s camels, but she did, and that made all the difference.
What I have notice, over and over, is that people’s blessings are often times right in front of them. Opportunity sometimes comes in seemingly small ways that, to that natural man, appear to be nothing special. However, God is watching. Often, the only thing that separates us from receiving or missing our blessings are simple acts of faith performed out of a pure heart.
Like Rachel, it takes some effort to do what God asks but the rewards of complying with His request, and even doing more than He asked, can be phenomenal. Carrying Eliezer’s water changed Rachel’s life forever. That day she secured a place in history as the future mother of Jacob (who would later become Israel) through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed.
In conclusion, are you going to carry the greater Eliezer’s water? When Christ asks you for something small will you say yes and even volunteer to do more than He requests? Are you going to demonstrate the heart of a willing servant and impress your Lord? The choice is yours and destiny awaits your answer.