Principles For Blessed Relationship, Part 4of4, Evans Olang

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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”

In going back to this passage, for Rebekah, one normal day turns out to be an extraordinary day. Women in this culture, part of their service to the family was fetching water. While she met Abraham’s servant, she served him with no strings attached. No indication she was thinking of marriage. This makes me believe that those God will bless are people who are not over consumed with marriage that they neglect their service to Him for He knows when He blesses them, they will still be faithful in serving Him even in that relationship. Keep serving while waiting.

Vs., “50 Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, “The thing comes from the LORD; we cannot speak to you either bad or good. 51 Here is Rebekah before you; take her and go, and let her be your master’s son’s wife, as the LORD has spoken.” The servant shared with Rebekah’s family instructions given to him by Abraham, his journey, his prayer, how Rebekah come and did exactly as he prayed, and his thanksgiving. As they listened keenly, weighing every action, every word, they sensed this was of God.No. 7 Principle:, If you believe you’ve met the right person, confide in those who value your wellbeing. I find this to be very important because your spiritual leaders, your family members, close friends know you well to desire the best for you. They can advise, encourage and pray for and with you. They may help you see things you may be blinded to see and keep you accountable. If they are not at peace with your decision, they will advise, work and pray with you. There is safety in confiding, Proverbs 11:14, “Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety”, Proverbs 24:6, “For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, And in a multitude of counselors there is safety”. There are some who do not want anyone to advise or give them counsel and I find that those who do that know there is something wrong with the relationship they are about to embark on. They know that friends, leaders, family will not approve of it. To have a blessed relationship, surround yourself with counselors, there is safety within. They will save you from things you may be blindsided to. They are your God given voice to counsel you. Heed to their counsel, weigh matters, pray together and what is of God will stay, what is not of God will be terminated.

Vs. “57 So they said, “We will call the young woman and ask her personally.” 58 Then they called Rebekah and said to her, “Will you go with this man?” And she said, “I will go.” 59 So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant and his men. 60 And they blessed Rebekah” What is of God will flow even when there are some little resistance, in this case there was no resistance and what I love about this verse is that the family did not force Rebekah, after weighing everything and she also said yes, “They blessed Rebekah”, there is nothing like an answered prayer sealed with a blessing. The blessing makes the prayer whole, it’s the crown. And what the Lord has blessed no man can undo. Oh what a joy when those who are close to you give their seal of approval and bless the relationship, invest in it by prayers, encouragements, and gifts; it does make them proud….

I finish the series by saying, this is not a FORMULA, these are PRINCIPLES. Overall keeping these principles will save you a ton of heartache, however just because you have principles is not an automatic success. God is sovereign overall and will do what He pleases for His glory by even rearranging things. One thing we know for sure, he has not left us alone to figure things out, He has given us enough principles in His word to be our guide, 2 Peter 1:2-4, “2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, 3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust”. May the Lord bless our singles and given them an Isaac (true blessing) and not settle for Ishmael (men created blessings),Blessings Ev

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