Don’t be Yoked with an Unbeliever
And I will make thee swear by the LORD, the God of heaven,
and the God of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto
my son of the daughters of the Caananites, among whom I dwell.
Read Genesis 24:1-8
Going steady is often on the minds of young people. They discuss it, joke
about it, and reflect on it. Questions like: What did he say?, What do you think
of her?, Did he send you a text?, Will she approve of me? are standard fare.
It is very natural for young men and women to take special notice of one another.
Although there is an age which is really too young to be going steady,
it is very natural for boys and girls to seek a steady relationship. It is certainly
not wrong to desire that. In most cases, this occurs in a very natural
way: through contacts at school, in the church, and the local community.
Some may form a close friendship while on vacation; others meet people
in chat rooms or through advertising. Much care must be exercised when
exploring these venues.
It is a joyful occasion when a young man may have a special relationship
with a young lady. This happiness increases when people see that a couple
suit each other and want to share in each other’s lives forever. However, this
is not the case in everyone’s life, which can bring a lot of stress. Relationships
that break off, as well as those that never develop, can cause much
grief and bring individuals to question whether the Lord is really concerned
about their lives. This can be so difficult, for if the Lord does not seem to fulfill
their desires with respect to this important issue, will He concern Himself
about other things?
Thought: Whoever goes steady with a non-church going individual is asking
Psalter 360: 1,2 (based on Psalm 128)
Blessed the man that fears Jehovah,
Walking ever in His ways;
By thy toil thou shalt be prospered
And be happy all thy days.
In thy wife thou shalt have gladness,
She shall fill thy home with good,
Happy in her loving service
And the joys of motherhood.