Finding Hope, Not Hope - So, For Your Soul
Finding Hope, Not Hope - So, For Your Soul 

             A Love Story of Hope         

Who doesn't enjoy a love story? 

Genesis 24 lets us witness a precious intimacy recorded nowhere else in Scripture.

We remember how the beautiful love story began when Abraham sent the hired servant to find a wife for his son Issac. 

  

It's a sweet account,seeing Isaac walking in the fields,meditating in the late evening,

when the hired servant returns with the new bride-to-be. We can only imagine Rebekah and Isaac's excitement, knowing they were about to meet the person God had chosen for them. Isaac must have smiled as Rebekah got down from her camel and covered her face in submission to his headship.

 

Isaac wanted to hear how God has blessed his expectation of a wife and led the servant to Rebekah. She may have smiled as the servant told of her willingness to leave her father and mother and everything she had. There was absolutely no doubt that God had selected

Rebekah and Isaac for each other.

 

The Holy Spirit doesn't close the door to us, but leaves it ajar. Then He lets us almost see into the tent, just enough to give us a precious blessing. What took place in that physical union of Isaac and Rebekah is viewed nowhere else in Scripture.  

 

"Then Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent; and he took Rebekah and she became his wife, and he loved her" (Genesis 24:67 NKJV

 

Isaac's mother Sarah had been dead for three years, and he was still grieving the loss. We know this because the Holy Spirit tells us,

"So Isaac was comforted after his mother's death" 

(Genesia 24:67). 

 

Comfort is what the Holy Spirit does for a man and a woman who are married.

He leads them from one pleasure to another,

until they experience the ultimate pleasure God has designed for marriage.  

 

While this love story is about a man and a woman,

it is also analogous to the Holy Spirit's wooing the chosen pride of Christ by the powerful and sweet persuasion of the gospel.

It is a picture of the Holy Spirit's effectual call, enabling His elect to embrace

the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.

 

What Rebekah did is what God requires of every man and woman when the Holy Spirit calls her. 

 

We are called to forsake everything, like Jesus' disciples did years ago. When we obey we are blessed in a satisfying relationship that never grows old. It is that relationship that assures us of God's love; gives us peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Spirit, and an increase of grace; and keeps us persevering to the end.

 

God does not leave us outside the marriage tent of His grace, but brings us into a relationship of supernatural joy and hope. This intimacy with the Bridegroom is what we experience in worship as we willingly offer our lives to our Savior for His service. It is the joy of hope, knowing He is lovingly sanctifying us, setting us apart for Himself.   

 

 

   

 

 

 

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