Do Yourself a Favour!
20. Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah,
the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddam-aram.
Rebekah was the sister of Laban.
67. And Isaac brought Rebekah into his mother's tent, and she became his wife.
He loved her very much, and she was a special comfort to him after the loss of his mother.
Isaac really did himself a favour by loving his wife and taking care of her physical and emotional needs, because Genesis 24:67 says that she was a special comfort to him after the loss of his mother.
Women are created to be responders in marriage. If Rebekah had not felt loved and cherished by Isaac, she would not have been able to be such a comfort to him.
To look at it from another angle, the quality and expression of Isaac's love so filled every need in Rebekah, that it drew out of her the quality of comfort he needed for his own well-being at this time in his life.
As the Apostle Paul says:
That is how husbands should treat their wives, loving them as parts of themselves. For since a man and his wife are now one, a man is really doing himself a favor and loving himself when he loves his wife!
(Ephesians 5:28 LB)
Galatians 6:7 tells us: a man will always reap just the kind of crop he sows! (LB)
Isaac did not demand loving comfort from his wife. Instead he took the lead in his home when it came to love. In his view, love meant thinking about his wife with the same consideration with which he thought about himself. That's how he sowed into his marriage.
As a result of that he reaped the special comfort he really needed after the loss of his mother, without putting any demands on his wife.
Father, please help me today to sow into my relationship with my spouse like Isaac did.
I lay down the demands I have put upon my spouse and I ask Your help in taking the lead in sowing love into my spouse.
Thank You for changing me, Lord,
in Jesus' name,
See you tomorrow, God willing.
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