Growing with God” A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.
Genesis 24:62-67 (NIV)
Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate, and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. Rebekah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?” “He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself. Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
Genesis 24:62-67 (MSG)
Isaac was living in the Negev. He had just come back from a visit to Beer Lahai Roi. In the evening he went out into the field; while meditating he looked up and saw camels coming. When Rebekah looked up and saw Isaac, she got down from her camel and asked the servant, “Who is that man out in the field coming toward us?” “That is my master.” She took her veil and covered herself. After the servant told Isaac the whole story of the trip, Isaac took Rebekah into the tent of his mother Sarah. He married Rebekah and she became his wife and he loved her. So Isaac found comfort after his mother’s death.
“Now Isaac had returned from going to Beer-lahai-roi (Well of the Living One Who Sees Me), for he was living in the Negev. Isaac went out to bow down [in prayer] in the field in the [early] evening; he raised his eyes and looked, and camels were coming. Rebekah also raised her eyes and looked, and when she saw Isaac, she dismounted from her camel. She said to the servant, “Who is that man there walking across the field to meet us?” And the servant said, “He is my master [Isaac].” So she took a veil and covered herself [as was customary]. The servant told Isaac everything that he had done. Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and he took Rebekah [in marriage], and she became his wife, and he loved her; therefore Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.” -AMPLIFIED
In the closing verses of Genesis 24 we find Isaac returning from a visit to the “Well of the Living One Who Sees Me”; back once again to Negev. He is out in the field meditating; spending time with God. This is something that he would have learned from his father, Abraham who was a friend of God’s.
“Both the time and place were very proper for meditation: the place, “in the field”: where he might view the works of nature, and be led to the Creator of them, and the praise of him, and where he might be alone, and nothing to disturb his thoughts: and the time, “at evening”; after the labor, care, and hurry of the day were over, and before repose at night, and when the air was cool and refreshing, and everything was assisting to, and served to compose the mind, and help thought and contemplation.” -John Gill (Exposition of the Whole Bible)
Isaac went out to the field to meet with God and there he too received the promise of God; his wife. We must take note of the closing words of this chapter, “So Isaac found comfort after his mother’s death.” Isaac still mourned the loss of his mother even though much time had passed. Of course, God knew this; and He provided for Isaac one who would be a comfort to him in his loss. What a loving God we serve.
God knew exactly what Isaac’s need was and He provided not only a wife, but a comforter. God knows exactly what each one of us are in need of too and He is prepared to bless us. Nahum tells us, “The Lord is good, a strength and stronghold in the day of trouble; He knows [He recognizes, cares for, and understands fully] those who take refuge and trust in Him.” -Nahum 1:7 (AMP)
El Roi-The God who sees; has His eye on you. Trust that He is bringing about good things in your life. “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.” –Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)
El Roi, Father God, you have told us that you see our every need. In fact, your eye is even on the sparrow; taking care of its every need. I know you are a loving Father; working to bring about good things in my life. Help me to trust you in every situation of my life. You care even about the little details and that really makes me feel super special. In your presence is fullness of joy! Thank you!