Monday, July 11, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

Holy marriage- lasting life of love

Genesis 24:32-52


Christine Samuel
Epiphany MTC, New York
48 Then I bowed my head and worshiped the Lord, and blessed the Lord, the God of my master Abraham, who had led me by the right way to obtain the daughter of my master’s kinsman for his son.

Wedding season is in full effect right now. We are flooded with pictures on Facebook of bridal showers, bridal parties, engagement shoots and surprise proposals. Families and friends are flying in from all corners of the country. Everyone is getting their best outfits ready for a wedding. Most of us growing up in the Marthomite community are either getting ready to settle down, or sitting through lectures with our parents and uncles and aunties of why we’re not married yet.  Lectures may consist of how time is running out or we’re too picky. The hard work of planning a wedding is definitely worth it. However, the hard work of a marriage takes more than a couple of months and a wedding coordinator. It takes prayer and dedication.

In Genesis Chapter 24, Abraham sends his servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. It would have been easier to choose a girl living nearby, and who wouldn’t want to marry into Abraham’s family? Abraham insisted that the girl be a believer from his own clan. This is an important principle, where marrying a believer is a necessity. The Bible warns against being unequally yoked in 2 Corinthians 6:14: “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” God knows that we can’t have the best possible marriage if we have different beliefs and values. Marriage starts by sharing the same beliefs about prayer and faith.

Abraham’s servant had the difficult job of choosing a wife for Issac. He did the entire process in prayer. If the girl he asked for water offered water for him and his  camels, he knew that was the wife. When we start seeking a partner, we should rely on God through the entire process.  Sometimes our choices are based on physical beauty; physical beauty will only take you so far. One of my favorite qualities about Issac’s wife Rebekah was her willingness to follow God. She was asked to leave everything and to go with a man,  who she just met, to marry a man she hasn’t even seen. Because it was God’s will, she was willing to do it. We need to start praying about our future spouse long before we even get serious about finding one.

In Rebekah and Isaac’s case, both were following God’s plan. Wedding season is a beautiful time for pictures and celebrations, but something more beautiful is when two people are dedicated to following God’s plan.


PRAYER


Help us, O Lord to have a blind faith like Rebekah to follow Your will . Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
" Choose to seek God first and align your life with the good works He has prepared for you."  Christine Caine