Word 4U Today

How’s Your Work Ethic? (2)

How’s Your Work Ethic? (2)

So, Eliezer has embarked on his mission to find a wife for Isaac. He’s ended up in a place called Nahor; somewhere he probably didn’t have much of a clue about. But, God was on his side. Remember his prayer (yesterday’s verse)? Verse 15 tells us that ‘Before he had finished praying’, Rebekah, a local girl, showed up. The future daughter-in-law to Abraham, household name in Israel, famous Bible character. Are you on the edge of your seat yet? ‘What’s she going to do??’

Ready? She offers him a drink of water… AND– get this- to water his camels, too.

Hmm. Wow. Maybe not the triumphant entrance you expected. Until you read between the lines (don’t worry we’ll do it for you) – one gallon of water weighs about the same as a full bucket of water.  A thirsty camel can crack through about 30 gallons, and there were ten camels.

So, Rebekah drew 300 gallons of water for a stranger– a fairly decent pointer for Eliezer. *This* is an example of someone working ‘as if for the Lord’ (Colossians 3:23) – she was acting out of good will, not trying to please her boss, teacher, or parent.

Aiming for our own success shouldn’t be our goal in life, but whether it’s this time around or in Heaven,

‘You know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does’ (Ephesians 6:8 NIV).

What Now?

Struggle with motivation for work? Go down to your nearest well and pump out 300 gallons of… ok, ok j/k. But what excessive generosity can you offer to God through blessing someone today?

‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too.’  Genesis 24:46 NIV

Joy Ferdiz

May 21st, 2014

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