Then he prayed, “LORD, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. May it be that when I say to a young woman, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’—let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”
(Genesis 24:12-14 NIV)
The servant’s prayer was eventually answered. A beautiful girl named Rebekah did what he asked for. She was the kind of woman that Abraham was looking for when he sent his chief servant to look for a wife for his son Isaac. Abraham told his servant, “I want you to swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac” (Genesis 24:3-4). In other words, Abraham didn’t want his son to marry someone who was an unbeliever. In his letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul expressed a similar sentiment. He warned the Corinthians to “not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness? What harmony is there between Christ and Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?” (2 Corinthians 6:14-15). God honoured Abraham’s request because Abraham wanted to preserve the true faith in the family. So God made sure that Isaac’s wife was a woman of faith.
God wants us to preserve our faith for generations to come.