UNEQUALLY YOKED

Scripture Reading:  Joshua 23:6-13

“For if you turn back and cling to the remnant of these nations remaining among you and make marriages with them, so that you associate with them and they with you, know for certain that the Lord your God will no longer drive out these nations before you, but they shall be a snare and a trap for you, a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good ground that the Lord your God has given you.”  (Joshua 23:12,13)

As we saw in the previous post, the people of Israel were warned about the danger and consequences of compromise.  The problem was that the remaining pagan people who lived in their territories worshiped and served false gods.  God sternly warned His people not to mix with the remaining people and He especially exhorted them not to even mention the names of their gods ((vs. 6-8).  God’s people always face the temptation of being seduced by the priorities and misplaced desires of the world.  Our hearts are prone to wander and to leave the God we love.

What is especially noteworthy in this passage is the specific warning about compromise in marriage.  God’s people were told not to enter into marriage with these pagan people who were remaining in the land.

The Scripture is very clear — “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.  For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness?  What accord has Christ with Belial?  Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever?”  (II Corinthians 6:14,15).

Those of us who are parents and grandparents must pray for the potential spouses of our children and grandchildren.  We need to instruct our children on the importance of finding Christian friends and when they begin to date, the importance of dating Christians.  We must warn them about compromising with unbelievers.  Those who become unequally yoked ( a Christian married to a non-Christian) will face many difficulties — two different sets of values, different priorities, different world views, different expectations of children, etc.  We should pray that God gives our children and grandchildren Christian spouses who will love them and nurture them spiritually.

Our children and grandchildren live in troubling times.  They may find it difficult to find a Christian spouse.  We must encourage them to be patient and not to compromise on such an important issue.  Most of all we must pray for them and for their future spouses.

Lord God,  I lift my grandchildren up to you in prayer.  I pray that you protect them and build them up in the faith.  I pray that they will love You and serve You all the days of their lives.  I especially pray for their future spouses.  I pray that you will lead my grandchildren to the spouses You are preparing for them when that time comes.

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