"Should I take your son back?"

Richard Huls

READ : Genesis 24:1-9

The question asked by Abraham’s servant is one that enables Abraham to show us the meaning of God’s call. God called Abraham out of the land of the East, near the Euphrates River, to be his chosen family and nation. He was to leave his extended family behind and go to the land God would show him. Now he is in that land called Canaan. To have his servant take Isaac back to his old homeland and live there would destroy God’s plan and holy purpose (for them).

This same principle of protection is important for us. Paul says, “Do not be bound together with unbelievers . . . for what fellowship has light with darkness . . . or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever?” (2 Cor. 6:14-15). Once a person has come into the kingdom of God, there can be no turning back (Luke 9:62). The question of the servant is one that every Christian family must ask. How protective should a parent be? Should there be controls on whom a child dates or pressure be exerted on whom one marries? Should a family set rules for its members about whom they may associate with or what influences are allowed at home? While parents cannot control all aspects of family life, it is important that everyone knows there are rules, values, standards, limitations and disciplines that the family affirms in its commitment to Christ.

PRAYER

Lord, give us the wisdom to protect our life in Christ within our homes and marriage decisions. Amen.