Monday 26th November 2018
TEXT: GENESIS 24:1-9
KEY VERSE: “And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell” (Genesis 24:3).
Getting hooked in marriage to a wrong partner is the worst pitfall any serious-minded individual can ever encounter in life. Abraham, the partriach and father of Isaac did not want to put-at-risk the life and destiny of his son and lineage by marrying any of the daughters of Canaan.
The problems of unequal yoke in marriage, business, spiritual and secular endeavours are better imagined than experienced.
Believers must be wary of who they want to partner with in short and long-standing relationships. The scriptural injunction which serves as a guide for Christian pilgrims in this matter today is: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers…” (1 Corinthians 6:14). This, however, does not prescribe non-association with unbelieving colleagues in social circles but a strict warning not to knot our life and destiny with such individuals through whom Satan can wreak havoc on us as believers.
One may retort and wonder how possible this stance is today! Yes, the chief servant of Abraham faced similar problem and felt the same way when this injunction was first given by God through father Abraham. But Abraham’s answer was reassuring, appropriate and practicable even in our contemporary time. He said, “the Lord God of heaven, which took me from my father’s house…; he will send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence” (Genesis 24:7). God and His good Spirit will guide you when your heart is steadfastly inclined to do His will. Never allow the current tide of evil in the society sway your heart away from obeying God and following this time-tested principle for Christian pilgrims.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Do not knot the tie with an unbeliever.
DAILY BIBLE READING: Acts 17-18
Source: Daily Manna Devotional