As we read through the Bible, we see time and again how God designed the family to be the primary building block of the community of faith and society as a whole. The husband-wife and parent-child relationships are the two most vital human relationships, only increasing in importance when we understand how they each parallel our relationship with God.
But as we turn the pages of Scripture, we also see time and again the brokenness of families—the most important relationships often cause the deepest heartache and pain. We have seen this on full display in Isaac’s family, with this passage, perhaps, being the pinnacle of this family’s struggle.
It can be easy for us to look at the bigger picture of how God used this family—even through their adversity—to fulfill His promises and glorify Himself. That is certainly true, but at the same time, we need to step into this family’s pain with them. We have to remember these were real people who were part of a real family falling apart at the seams. We need to remember this because it is the shared reality of so many families today—perhaps even your own. We have to remember that God’s ideal for the family and what we might experience are often driven apart by sin—ours and/or others’. But at the same time, we must remember that reconciliation is at the heart of the gospel—reconciliation between us and God, but also between spouses, parents and children, and siblings in broken families.
Where do you yearn for God to bring healing and reconciliation in your family or within other close relationships around you?