Has one of your random acts of kindness ever been an answer to someone else’s prayer?
Each fall our church encourages random acts of kindness with a purpose of pointing others to Christ. Things like, paying for the car behind you at the fast-food drive through. You may have heard of it…this happens often at Chick-fil-A. I’ve heard stories of pulling up to the window and being told, “You’re number 34.” Meaning, thirty-three people before you have pulled up to the window and paid for the order in the car behind them.
A few years back the Creative Team at church did a story on a young woman who felt like she was on her last leg and ready to throw in the towel. She decided to swing by the drive-through and from there go end her life. The car in front of her had paid for her lunch and left a little card reading, ‘Something extra to show you God Loves You.’
- The driver in front of this young woman did what he/she felt the Lord prompting them to do.
- For the recipient, this young woman behind them, it was salvation.
The biblical story about Rebekah begins with the request by Abraham to his oldest servant:
“You shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac” (Genesis 24:4).
Rebekah’s act of kindness in drawing water for Abraham’s servant was an answer to prayer.
One day, Rebekah was out and about her regular day collecting water for her mother’s household. A gentleman and his entourage were at the well when she arrived and he promptly asked her for a drink of water. (This is where her random act of kindness comes in.) She obliged AND offered to water his camels too. Have you heard how much water a camel can stockpile for later? According to Nat Geo a thirsty camel can drink up to 30 gallons of water. This old dude had ten camels in his caravan. That’s upwards of 300 gallons! Dang girlfriend! This had to have been the Lord’s prompting! This sister was familiar with camels, they were the mini van of her time. Who makes that kind of sacrifice?
Rebekah’s act of kindness was a direct answer to prayer by Abraham’s oldest servant as he asked God for proof to know which maiden was to be Isaac’s wife.
What all does Genesis tell us about Rebekah? (Clearly, there was more written about her than Lot’s wife even though they both had to leave everything they knew.)
- She was selected by God for Isaac.
- She was a beautiful woman of faith, who was willing to come and live in the Promised Land, and she believed in the promises of God.
- She had courage and daring and ability. Isaac loved her, and they had a good marriage.
- She was the mother of twins Esau and Jacob.
Both she and Isaac:
- disapproved of Esau marrying pagan Canaanite women.
- believed in the promises of Abraham being passed on to their descendants.
- enjoyed the blessings of God in their lives and lived in peace and prosperity.
- Rebekah had a personal relationship with God.
- She was a matriarch in Israel.
- She became the mother of thousands of ten thousands.
- Her elder son did serve the younger.
- Rebekah believed these things because God had told her so.
With the Lord’s prompting to do a little extra for someone you know or even make a random act of kindness to a stranger; oh that we would be obedient Lord. To you it may seem like a prompting, easily pushed aside in all your business but to the recipient, you may be an answer to prayer.
Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice. Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. Psalm 112:5-6
THIS WEEK WE WILL LEARN FROM ISAAC’S WIFE, REBEKAH.
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Cindy Willingham is a landscape designer, small group leader, avid encourager, and sinner saved by grace who is nine years new to Birmingham, Alabama. Her sweet husband of 37 years, two married children and four grand-kiddos fill her life with unbelievable fun and sweet snuggles. She thinks God is awesome and that the best adventure starts with saying yes to that still, small voice. ~ Click here to read Cindy’s BoP Bio.