Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah…went down to the well, filled her water jar, and came up. (Genesis 24:15a, 16c)
Welcome to our third installment of “The Rebekah Factor”. These posts explore the life of Rebekah and qualities she displayed that created a platform for her to be found by her husband, Isaac. If you haven’t read her story yet, click here to take a peek into her life.
In our first two posts, Rebekah taught us how to truly walk in beauty and how to maintain our chastity. If you haven’t read those posts yet, I strongly urge you to read them before plunging into Characteristic #3 as they lay the foundation of your preparatory journey. Due to the length of this lesson, we will break it up into two installments.
There are two key nuggets hidden in these few words, the first having to do with focus, and the second to do with shepherding. Today we will focus on … focus.
As we read the passage leading up to this verse, it is important to note God’s divine timing. While Eliezer was seeking God to create a situation that would clarify who Isaac’s bride should be, Rebekah was busy fetching water. She wasn’t a busybody in other men’s matters. She was busy living her life and taking care of her father’s house. Had she not been properly focused, she would not have been the “literal” answer to Eliezer’s prayers.
Rebekah had her priorities straight. Her focus was intact. We should learn from Rebekah to stay focused on caring for the things of our Heavenly father, and not about things that do not concern us. Often in the church we find so much strife and division that could be avoided if we just focus on our Father’s business and not the business of others.
What are your priorities? What did God place you on earth to do? What is your purpose? What is your calling? If we spend our time pursuing purpose and fulfilling it, then we will find that we won’t have time to mind the affairs of others. We will also find that we don’t have time to fret over how long God is taking to send our Isaac. We won’t have time for desperately shopping for a man because we’ll be too busy pleasing our Betrothed, Jesus.
In our first post, we talked about the importance of gaining control of our thought lives and keeping them pure. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 reveals that we have full authority over our thought lives. That includes conquering distractions. If you find yourself plagued with thoughts of men fulfilling you, those thoughts may well be the biggest distraction hindering your preparatory journey. Rebekah’s focus was on being about her father’s business. Is your focus on being about your Father’s business? If so, how? If you can’t come up with answers to these questions, that is a tell-tell sign that your focus isn’t where it should be.
When you are busy about your Father’s business, your lifestyle reflects it. This takes us to the second nugget hidden within this small passage. In order to embrace that nugget, it is vitally important that your focus is intact, as it will require full concentration. This leads us to our next homework assignment:
Memorize 2 Corinthians 10:4-5: V4: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) V5: Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Begin to declare these verses over your thought life. When a thought that distracts you from your focus begins to invade your thinking, simply tell that thought “I cast you down and bring you into captivity to the obedience of Christ, in Jesus’ Name!” I know from firsthand experience it works. You’ll be pleased to discover for yourself that it works too.
 1 Peter 4:15