Bittersweet (Genesis 24:1-4)

“Bittersweet bro.. gonna miss my baby.  Enjoy your kids and hug them tight while you can.”

“Amen, brother!”

I was emailing a congratulations to a dear brother in the Lord whose daughter was just married. God answered his faithful prayers and blessed his daughter with a godly young man. I was elated for their family! As a father of two adult children, I am keenly aware of time quickly slipping by and my changing priorities. A wise pastor once reminded me that I should be praying everyday that, if it is in God’s will, He would find a godly husband or wife for our children. 

I wonder if the great saints of the Bible felt the same feelings that my friend and I are experiencing? The Bible gives us this tender story of the patriarch Abraham.

Abraham was now old, getting on in years, and the LORD had blessed him in everything. Abraham said to his servant, the elder of his household who managed all he owned, “Place your hand under my thigh, and I will have you swear by the LORD, God of heaven and God of earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites among whom I live, but will go to my land and my family to take a wife for my son Isaac.”

Genesis 24:1-4 (CSB)

Near the end of his life, Abraham knew there was one important task left for him to complete. He needed to find a godly wife for his son, Isaac. He proceeded with the same careful and deliberate process of faith that guided his entire life. He sought God’s providence and sovereign will to guide his servant to find the proper woman. God dramatically answered his faithful prayer by leading the servant to Rebecca.  

The desire that parents have to make sure their children marry the right person has not changed in thousands of years. Abraham’s faithful prayers led to the birth of the Jewish nation. I pray that God will someday bless my children with godly spouses who will lead their families to faith and salvation in the name of Jesus Christ. 


Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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