KEEP WATERING THE CAMELS 8-6-17
Genesis 24:14 And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say , Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast shewed kindness unto my master.
Genesis 24:19 And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.
As I was trying to figure out what to write, I came across this scripture and I have always loved this story of Rebekah and Isaac. I saw it this time in a little different perspective. I have always looked at how great a thing it was that the first girl he approached was the answer to his prayer. I have even preached it from the aspect of Isaac waiting for his bride to arrive and must have been filled with excitement at the announcement; the camels are coming. This time when I read it, I put the emphasis on the girl. I would like to point out just a few things that I seen in the hope that it will encourage you.
Quite often in this christian walk, we get the idea that we are above mundane tasks because we are the children of God. As I began to think about Rebekah, I thought about how mundane and boring her life must have been. Here she was the only daughter of Bethuel, and one of only two children and the other being her brother. That meant that a lot of the household duties, such as carrying water for cooking, bathing, and drinking, fell to her. It was in the evening and it is quite possible that she was coming to draw water for the evening meal. Day in and day out the same routine; cook, clean, sew, draw water, cook, clean, sew, and draw water. I don’t know if that was the order or what other things might have been a part of her day. Little did she know when she went to the well that evening, she would get far more than water.
Abraham’s servant, having sworn to his master under oath that he would return with a bride for Isaac, now prepared himself for the task of getting the right one. A couple of things I thought were interesting is that he arrived at the well right on time. It was the time of evening when the daughters of the men come to the well to draw water. What better place to meet the girls of the city than the one place they all had to come to. But the key thing that led to the success of the servant was that immediately upon his arrival, he prayed. If we could just pick up on those few thoughts and take them to heart we would not get into a lot of the difficult situations we find ourselves in. First is that, if we follow him, he always gets us where we need to be right on time. The second one is that, regardless of what we think, we always need to pray about what we are supposed to do and ask for God’s guidance and wait on him.
Now, back to Rebekah. This day when she came to the well, she evidently must have seen this man with all 10 of his camels, but yet when he asked her for a drink she volunteered to water his camels. Keep this in mind for a minute. He had 10 camels and they can drink 30-40 gallons each. Also, this was going to be no easy job because she only had a pitcher that she could sit in her hand to draw with and you’re talking about 300-400 gallons of water. The fact that she saw the camels and still volunteered to water them is amazing in itself. With what she had to draw with, that was no small task. The fact that she was still generous and kind knowing the work that lay ahead of her is beyond comprehension. Picture in your mind that all of the other maidens have probably got their water and left by now and may have even laughed at her for watering his camels. What she or they didn’t know, was that this man was no ordinary traveler. He was the servant of probably the most blessed man in Israel. She never asked his name or asked to be paid. She just watered the camels.
Now that you have that picture, look at it in your own spiritual life. Sometimes the things that God expects out of us are just the “same ole same ole” so to speak. Nothing glamorous and often quite difficult at times. Sometimes it may even come with public ridicule and scorn. Sometimes it is just pitcher after pitcher of water and it seems like it will never end. Lower it into the well and then pull it back up and go dump it in the trough. Over and over again. No one is watching or at least no one you know about, but you just keep watering those camels. They can’t show appreciation and sometimes the person you try to benefit sits idly by not saying anything. It would seem your efforts are unappreciated but you just keep watering those camels for someone you may not even know.
Finally your task is over and it is time to get some rest. You have ran and ran just trying to bring relief to those camels. What you didn’t know when you started is even though it may not look like it now; it will be worth it. As she finished up, probably exhausted and hot, the stranger stops her for a minute. He then gives her a golden earring that weighed half a shekel or worth about 249 dollars in today’s economy. He also gave her two bracelets of gold of 10 shekels which would be equivalent to 4980 dollars. Not only that, but he offers her a new home and access to the master and all that he owns as the bride of the master’s son if she will just return with him to his land.
You’ve watered those camels day and night over and over just trying to be a blessing and waiting for God to do something. Rest assured that he is looking on. He is aware that you have had about all that you can take and when you get done, he stops you for a minute. It turns out that your labor hasn’t gone unnoticed by him and it is time you received some blessings. Not only that, but he gives you the promise of being an heir and joint heir with the Master’s Son if you will just accept his gift and follow him. He will give you a new home in the Master’s land where you will ever live. As those blessings pile up, all of those pitchers of water, gallons and gallons of water for those camels that so much-needed to be sustained by someone is suddenly worthwhile. Will you be content with just watering those camels? It may look a little bleak at times and you won’t feel like it at times but just think of those blessings that definitely will follow. Those souls that will be drawn to the Lord and will be born again because somebody saw your faithfulness. They were sitting idly by and watching you water those camels. But it will be worth it later on when our faith ends in sight. Are you ready to meet the Master’s Son? Just keep watering those camels; you will get to that new land where those gone before are awaiting your arrival and you will enter with great fanfare and a marriage supper in your honor. All those camels will be washed away from your mind then. Just keep watering those camels. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!