What is the unwritten precept?
Staying up late to make sure you are back home safe
Waking up early to send you to school
He works all day and worries all night
He keeps watch over you and buys you food
A father may not say much
But he says it all in his acts of love
What is an act of love? An act of love is a sacrifice. It goes the extra mile and gives without being asked. For many of us, we see that example in our fathers. But for all of us, we see that example in our Heavenly Father.
He loves us. How do we respond to this love?
In the Bible, there are written precepts and principles (Isaiah 28:10). Yet, there is an unwritten precept too. There are things that God hopes we will do because we love Him, not because He asks us to. Would you rather your loved one do something because you asked them to, or because they saw that you needed help and took the initiative to give it? Go beyond what is required and expected.
Following this unwritten precept helped Rebekah walk into her destiny. She first met Eliezer, the servant of her future husband, Isaac, at the city’s drinking well. After his long journey, Eliezer asked her for some water. Although it was highly uncommon for a stranger to make such a request, Rebekah obliged and went even further to offer his poor camels a drink too. It certainly was not convenient (camels can drink a lot of water!) but she possessed a giving attitude which set her apart. That decision to go beyond the call of duty turned out to be the game changer.
“And he [Eliezer] said, “O LORD, God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today and show steadfast love to my master Abraham. Behold, I am standing by the spring of water, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water. Let the young woman to whom I shall say, ‘Please let down your jar that I may drink,’ and who shall say, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels’—let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this[b] I shall know that you have shown steadfast love to my master.” Genesis 24:12-14 (ESV)
Rebekah turned out to be the woman Eliezer was looking for, a godly woman who went beyond what was required and expected. Rebekah would eventually become the mother of Jacob, whose name was later changed to Israel. She had the honour of being a part of Abraham’s blessed lineage – the Israelites – the family which would later be known as the people of God, all because she cared for some camels.
Fathers instinctively follow this unwritten precept of going beyond what is asked for. Are we as children of God able to rise up to the challenge and respond this same way? This unwritten precept is a reflection of our love for our Heavenly Father and our desire to know Him more. Make Him a priority; spend time getting to know His passions and heartbeat, what He likes and dislikes – don’t settle for just getting by on the minimum. There is so much more available if we just go a little bit further!
Are there any camels you need to water in your life? Do it for the One and the ones you love (and also for the ones you do not love yet) – the blessings outweigh the sacrifice.