The story of Isaac and Rebekah is not your typical love story – at least not by American standards! Abraham sent his most trusted servant to find a suitable bride for his son with some specific requirements. Abraham was thinking about his son’s future, but also about the instructions that God had given him.
Rusty wrote on Monday about the importance of shared values and beliefs within a marriage. Those are the sustaining things. The things that make you better able to weather what comes your way. Abraham and Sarah had been married for a very long time. Abraham knew firsthand how important a strong foundation was to a successful marriage.
Abraham’s servant was looking for character qualities – interior qualities; things that last long after beauty has faded. There’s so much written and discussed today about exterior beauty, but often very little about what makes you beautiful on the inside. 1 Peter 3:3-4 talks about “…the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” Again in Proverbs 31:30 we read: “Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” I think God’s idea of beauty may be different than what the magazine covers teach us. What might change if we worried as much about our inner beauty as we do about what we look like on the outside?
Kim Feld Director of Small Group Ministry