This past Lord’s Day, we went through Genesis 24, a chapter that details the early days in the relationship between Isaac and Rebekah. This is a fascinating story of what some might see as a series of serendipitous occurrences that chronicle the quest for a bride for Isaac. But it is not luck, it is not chance, it is not a series of fortunate events that lead Abraham’s trusted servant to the right well at the right time to meet the right girl, it is God’s amazing providence. And His providence guides us all, every day, as well.
In addition to God’s hand clearly at work in the lives of these individuals, we also see a number of principles for courtship demonstrated in this chapter. Courtship is the application of time tested principles in helping a young man and a young woman enter into a successful marriage. And it stands in opposition to modern dating, which for the most part has proven to be both dangerous and reckless. That said, I point out that there is no “biblical process” for courtship to happen, but there are certain principles that can help guide young people and their parents to enter into the covenant of marriage in a way that honors this fundamental union. I try to go through some that are found in the text.
I pray this sermon, or the rest in this series, are a blessing to you. If you are ever in the area, feel free to come by and worship with us at Providence Church.