“And she say to me, Both drink thou, and I will also draw for thy camels: let the same be the woman whom the LORD hath appointed out for my master’s son.”
The story of Abraham’s servant going to find a wife for Isaac shows the sovereignty of God in an individual’s life. Abraham wanted to be sure that his son had a good lady to be his wife, so instead of looking in the land where he lived, he sent his servant back to the land from whence they came to find a good lady to be his son’s wife. God honored the servant’s prayer and obedience by quickly allowing him and Rebekah to cross paths.
One great truth that is often not discussed about Rebekah was how she was an industrious young lady. I don’t know if the servant purposely wanted to find an industrious young lady, or if he simply prayed the way he did so God could make it clear that she was the right person for Isaac. One thing I do know is that she was very industrious, and any industrious person tends to have more character than those who are just trying to get by. Let me give you several observations about industrious people.
First, industrious people always rise above the crowd. You will always find that industrious people tend to be people who are promoted more quickly than a slacker. Every parent should work hard at teaching their children to do things on their own and to do them right. By teaching your children to be industrious, you are assuring them a bright future because most people tend to be slack in their work ethic. A parent will never have to be concerned with their child’s financial welfare if they learn to be industrious.
Second, industrious people never have to be told what to do. Rebekah didn’t have to be told what to do; she just did it because there was a need. Children need to be taught to step in and help whenever there is a need. When a piece of paper is lying on the floor, an industrious individual will pick it up because it shouldn’t be on the floor. Industrious people don’t have to wait to be told to help; they help because the need is there. If you want your children to be industrious, always commend them for jumping in and helping without having to be told.
Third, industrious people tend to be servant-minded. Rebekah wasn’t a position-seeker; rather, she was servant-minded seeking to meet the needs of others. It isn’t hard to identify industrious people because they are busy working. Industrious people don’t seek position by lobbying for it; they seek position by working for it. A parent should always teach their children that the best way to be trusted is by working hard. An industrious spirit keeps people out of trouble because they are too busy working to get into trouble.
Fourth, industrious people are diligent. It is interesting the Rebekah was the first one at the well before the rest of the women. One characteristic of an industrious person is they get things done right away. They are not people who tend to procrastinate until the last minute, but they understand that work always comes before pleasure.
Let me ask you, are you an industrious person? You can’t teach others to be industrious if you are not industrious. Being an industrious person is often caught by example more than it is learned by word. If you want your children to be industrious, be sure to show them how to be industrious by being diligent yourself.