A PARENT’S MAJOR CONCERNS

Scripture Reading: Genesis 24:1-21

“I want you to swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.” (Genesis 24:3,4)

Abraham charged his most trusted servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. Certainly this is one of the major concerns that parents have for their children. Abraham was well advanced in years and he had been blessed in many ways. Sarah had died by this time and Isaac was not married. Abraham was concerned for Isaac and for the future of God’s promises to him.

Isaac had witnessed his father’s faith and now he had a faith of his own. The greatest concern a parent should have is for his or her children to know and to love Jesus. It is so important for parents to set a godly example before their children. Our children should see the reality of our faith. We must live out the gospel in a transparent way before them. They must see us praying, reading and meditating upon the Scriptures, and worshiping God regularly. A parent’s example is the greatest witness to his or her children.

As we have seen in our passage today, another major concern parents have for their children is that their children find the right spouse. Isaac was forty years old at this time. Abraham was anxious to find a wife for his son.

Abraham was concerned that Isaac would find the right wife. She was not to come from the Canaanites (v. 3). The Canaanites were pagan people who descended from Noah’s son Shem (Genesis 9:25,26). Later God’s people were told not to intermarry with the Canaanites (Deuteronomy 22:20-24). Abraham wanted Isaac to marry someone who had a background of faith.

Obviously we cannot arrange for our children’s marriages, as was the case in Abraham’s day. But there are things we can do to influence our children’s decision about a spouse. First and foremost, we can pray fervently and regularly for God to lead our children to a godly spouse. Second, we must instruct our children in the biblical principles of marriage. God is clear that a believer should not marry an unbeliever — “Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (II Corinthians 6:14). So many young people compromise and marry someone who is not solid in his or her faith. This most likely will create major problems later in the marriage.

The most important decision our children will make is a decision to follow Jesus Christ. Nothing is more important than this. The second most important decision they will make is the choice of a spouse. Let’s commit to pray fervently and regularly for our children and grandchildren to find godly spouses who will encourage them in their walk with Christ.

Lord Jesus, I pray for my children and grandchildren. I pray that You will work mightily in their hearts so that they will love You and serve You all the days of their lives. I pray that You will lead them to godly spouses and that You will protect them from making poor decisions in whom they date and marry. Please bless my children and grandchildren in the richest sense of the word.

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