Genesis 24:1-67, “21 And the man, wondering at her, remained silent so as to know whether the LORD had made his journey prosperous or not”
May I take this opportunity to share with our singles who are praying to God to settle down. About 14 years ago as I began to pray for the same, God gave me Genesis 24 which was instrumental and great encouragement in preparing me. The same chapter was also an encouragement to my friend Pastor Phil (my best man). We were both single men busy serving the Lord and with a desire to be married and settle down.
I find Genesis 24 to be loaded with principles on preparation for marriage that helped me a lot and I hope it will be a blessing to those who are single. The chapter has 67 verses all talking about finding a wife for Isaac yet Isaac does not come to the picture until verse 62. Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age, the Lord had blessed him in every way. He calls on his oldest faithful servant who would have inherited all he had if Abraham never had a son and gives him instructions that required an oath. And this is the instruction, vs. 24:3, “…swear by the LORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell”. Abraham did not want his son to get a wife from among the people he lived. They were pagans, did not worship God, and did whatever was right before their eyes. Abraham knew a woman from the land he lived would mess up his son and his future with God, and so are we, yes we live in this world, however it’s not our home. No. 1 principle:, to be in a blessed God given relationship, to be in His will, refrain from establishing relationship with the unsaved where you dwell. 2Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?”. This is not God trying to spoil your fun, this is God trying to protect you from the heartache of life to give you the best He has reserved for you. This calls for total trust that He is able to do what we cannot do. When you are yoked to an unbeliever, you are setting yourself on a dangerous path because the unbeliever does not have the same moral convictions you have. They do not have the vertical relationship that drives them to build a horizontal relationship. When two oxen are yoked together to plow, they walk in agreement, working together, heading in the right direction. You do not find that a donkey is yoked to a bull. This is very important, Amos 3:3, “Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?” God will only bless what He has provided. Some are hoping they will convert the unsaved they are dating or would like to date. Advice for you, missionary dating is not wise. You are setting yourself to live a lie waiting to haunt you.
Vs. 4 “but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.” Abraham directed his servant to journey to his country, to his family. No. 2 principle:, go back to the house of God that is where people from the same kingdom are, born of God, speaks the same language. Those who you know their ways and their character because they are abiding in the same Vine you are abiding in. Those who walk in truth, have cultivated vertical relationship with God, and they love the Lord. Your spiritual levels may be different but you are all heading in the same direction. To continue Blessings Ev
- Principles For Blessed Relationship, Part 4of4, by Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- Principles For Blessed Relationship Part 3of4, by Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)
- Principles For Blessed Relationship, Part 2of4, by Evans Olang (magnifyhisword.wordpress.com)