The Bible teaches that the Lord provides. In fact, one of the names of God that defines His unique attributes deals with His identity as provider. While the emphasis of God's provision is on eternal life, it is important to recognize that God will often work in extraordinary ways to provide for His people in order to prove His ability to provide salvation. God is often found working through amazing circumstances, clearly demonstrating His sovereignty in order to provide throughout all of the scriptures.
In Genesis 29:1-12 the Bible describes the testimony of Jacob meeting his wife Rachel. The Bible explains that after Jacob had his vision of the stairway connecting heaven to earth as a picture of Messiah, he continued to Haran with fresh excitement and zeal. Genesis 29:1-12 states that as Jacob approached Haran, he saw a well in the midst of a field and three flocks of sheep in the area. The Bible explains that as he explored who was at the well, he was able to talk to the men tending the sheep, and they explained that they knew Laban - Rebekah's brother. Of all the places that Jacob could have ended up, the Bible explains that the very first place Jacob connected with people was the place he was trying to go. The shepherds explained to Jacob that he was in Haran, and that they knew the man Jacob was seeking. God had led Jacob to the exact place Jacob needed to be.
As the testimony continues, the Bible explains that God went above and beyond what Jacob had imagined. While Jacob was helping the shepherds at the well, the scriptures explain that the shepherds pointed out to Jacob that Laban's daughter was approaching. Her name was Rachel. When Jacob saw Rachel, he immediately went to assist her by removing the stone cap on the well that she sought to use, and then helped her water her flock. When one reads the accounts of Genesis 29:1-12, it is amazing to see how similar they are to the account of Abraham's servant in Genesis chapter 24. In Genesis chapter 24 Abraham sent his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac, and his Rebekah was discovered in a very similar way, which reveals that God works in patters while providing according to His promises.
The scriptures are pretty clear in Genesis 29:1-12. When Jacob saw Rachel, and Rachel saw Jacob, it was really a "love at first sight" situation. The scriptures show that Jacob was incredibly excited to learn that Rachel was the daughter of Laban and his actions suggest that he desired her as a wife to honor the command of his father. Not only was Jacob able to lift the well cap on his own (this usually required a few people to lift this great stone), but the Bible also explains that when Jacob saw Rachel, after helping her with her flock, he kissed her and wept loudly. It is difficult to understand why Jacob wept. The word that is used to describe Jacob's weeping is normally associated with sorrow. Though Jacob had met his future wife, he begins to cry. It is possible that his tears were tears of joy as he realized the work God had done for him. However, the original language does present some difficulty. Either way, one thing is certain - Jacob is emotionally overwhelmed!
The scriptures are clear. God provides just as He promises. The Lord exercised His sovereignty to ensure that Jacob was in the right place at the right time so that His will for Jacob would be done. Though the marriage of Jacob and Rachel would come with great difficulty, God had exercised His power and authority to ensure the marriage that Isaac desired and that God desired. The scriptures reveal that the fingerprint of God is all over the formation of this relationship that would eventually result in marriage. Thus, as the circumstances may seem improbable, the results that God delivers cannot be denied. Though the chances of Jacob and Rachel meeting in such a way might seem to be simple coincidence, Jacob's response to the circumstances suggest that he was well aware of God's involvement in this meeting. Hence, if God can demonstrate His sovereignty and supreme control over all things to orchestrate these types of meetings, He certainly proves Himself qualified to provide according to all of His other promises found in the Bible - especially eternal life!