And the servant said unto him, Peradventure the woman will not be willing to follow me unto this land: must I needs bring thy son again unto the land from whence thou camest? Genesis 24:5 (KJV 1900)
Abraham’s servant asked that if the wife (he chose for Isaac) does not want to accept the covenant, should Isaac remain in Mesopotamia? In other words, the servant was suggesting that Isaac may have to choose between the covenant and a wife. He may not be able to get both of them.
But, Abraham made it clear that God is as much interested in providing a good wife for Isaac, as He is interested in Isaac inheriting the covenant. Thus, Abraham was confident that God will provide a wife from the right place and one who believes in the covenant. There is no need for Isaac to give up one for the other.
The servant was suggesting that Abraham’s life of faith and pilgrimage was so strange, that he is not sure that Isaac is going to be able to follow in his footsteps and find a good wife at the same time.
Maybe, just maybe, the servant was suggesting, that if Isaac was going to find a good wife, he will have to give up the covenant promises about the land of Canaan. The servant saw how strange and despised this pilgrim life was. And he feared that Isaac would not be able to find a wife who would believe these promises.
Abraham eventually admitted that it would be better for Isaac to do without a wife than to forsake the promises of God (Gen. 24:8).
Abraham knows the power of influence that a wife has on a husband. He saw how important for the wife to cherish the same faith and principles of the husband in order for there to be success in maintaining a relationship with God. He saw the negative results of following faithless actions. And so, he considered it a sacred matter in the selection of a wife for his son.
It is also to be noted that God, by His providence, considered it a sacred matter to find a wife for Isaac. Equal to seeing that Isaac inherited the promises, God saw it fit to assist in finding a good wife for Isaac (Gen. 24:12-15).
For, the successful transferal of the covenant was no only dependent on children obeying their parents, but on the patriarch finding a good wife; a wife of faith.
Therefore, young people today have the assurance that there is no need to have to give up their relationship with God in order to find a good husband or wife. There is no need to give up one for the other.
God is as much interested in the partner we chose as He was in Isaac's case. As the servant of Abraham trusted in the God of Abraham to find a good wife for Abraham's son, young people can trust in God to find a good spouse (husband or wife) for them. God is interested in these matters too.
As Solomon said, "Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, And obtaineth favour of the LORD." Proverbs 18:22 (KJV 1900)comments powered by Disqus