Prayer-Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
28 The girl ran and told her mother's household about these things. 29 Now Rebekah had a brother named Laban, and he hurried out to the man at the spring. 30 As soon as he had seen the nose ring, and the bracelets on his sister's arms, and had heard Rebekah tell what the man said to her, he went out to the man and found him standing by the camels near the spring. 31 "Come, you who are blessed by the LORD," he said. "Why are you standing out here? I have prepared the house and a place for the camels."
32 So the man went to the house, and the camels were unloaded. Straw and fodder were brought for the camels, and water for him and his men to wash their feet. 33 Then food was set before him, but he said, "I will not eat until I have told you what I have to say." "Then tell us," Laban said.
34 So he said, "I am Abraham's servant. 35 The LORD has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, menservants and maidservants, and camels and donkeys. 36 My master's wife Sarah has borne him a son in her [a] old age, and he has given him everything he owns. 37 And my master made me swear an oath, and said, 'You must not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, in whose land I live, 38 but go to my father's family and to my own clan, and get a wife for my son.'
39 "Then I asked my master, 'What if the woman will not come back with me?'
40 "He replied, 'The LORD, before whom I have walked, will send his angel with you and make your journey a success, so that you can get a wife for my son from my own clan and from my father's family. 41 Then, when you go to my clan, you will be released from my oath even if they refuse to give her to you—you will be released from my oath.'
Laban wanted to protect his sister. When foreign men hanging around wells with donkeys start to "talk" to his sister, he wants to know what’s going on. That is only human. Laban extends hospitality to the traveler, but the servant will not eat until he talks "business" with Laban.
These were the customs of that time and place. God had already prepared Rebekah and her family for this event. The servant of Abraham had faith in his masters God, and did what Abraham asked of him. Sometimes we also know what God wants us to do, but we do not always do it. Instead of following what God instructs us to do, we try to do what we think we should do. That is when we fail. We fail ourselves, our families and we fail God. Sometimes life looks too simple, so we spice it up. When that happens is when life gets bitter, and that is not good.
Prayer-Lord, Help us follow you and do the things we know you would have us do. Give us courage and wisdom. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.