Laban, having heard Eliezer’s story and seen the jewels, which were no doubt great arguments with his mercenary mind, consented that Rebekah should go with him to Isaac.
It is always right for young people to seek the consent of parents and natural guardians in such an important business.
He was too devout a man to fail to adore ingratitude; too many, however, only pray in need, but forget to worship in thanksgiving.
He was a wise steward, and knew what arguments weighed most with Laban.
God’s servants should imitate this steward, and never be loiterers.
We ought not easily to be delayed from duty. To loiter is to disobey. When God speeds us we should speed indeed.
How happy would ministers be if all young people could be as readily led to the great Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus. He accepts the willing mind. He asks for the heart. Alas, how many deny their consent to his loving claims.
The blessing of parents is a precious dowry.
This good man, in his choice of a suitable place and time for one of the most heavenly of occupations, is an example to us all. If we meditated more we should be far more gracious than we are;
Happy is that servant of God who dare tell his Master in heaven all that he has done. What a sad account would some have to render; for, “who hath believed our report, and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?”
In all my Lord’s appointed ways,
My journey I’ll pursue;
“Hinder me not,” ye much-loved saints,
For I must go with you.
Through floods and flames, if Jesus lead,
I’ll follow where he goes;
“Hinder me not,” shall be my cry,
Though earth and hell oppose.
My spirit looks to God alone;
My rock and refuge is his throne;
In all my fears, in all my straits,
My soul on his salvation waits.
Trust him, ye saints, in all your ways.
Pour out your hearts before his face;
When helpers fail, and foes invade,
God is our all-sufficient aid.