BUT HE LOVES HER!
But Hamor spoke with them, saying, “The soul of my son Shechem longs for your daughter. Please give her to him to be his wife. Genesis 34:8
How many times has sin been excused because of a love professed? Affairs are condoned because someone cried, “But I found my true soul mate.” A couple whom should never marry do so anyway because they insist that they love each other. Proclamations of love seem to provide valid excuses for most anything.
For Hamor, the king of Shechem, the matter is pretty uncomplicated. His son loves Dinah, got carried away and raped her, and now wants to marry her to make it right. What is the problem? The mindset of the ungodly is simplistic. They follow their passions.
For Jacob and his family, the matter is much more complicated. God wants a pure bloodline for the coming Messiah. He’s told them not to intermarry. To act honorably, Jacob’s family should honor the promise that they made to God and turn down the marriage offer. Instead, revenge will color their judgment and they will disgrace the sacred rite of circumcision.
Is there a sin in my life that I excuse because doing it makes me feel happy? Or it brings needed funds? Or it brings me peace? Or helps me cope? To honor my marriage vows to God, I will enter seasons of discomfort. I must ask for the grace to live through them. God promises grace, after all. I’m never allowed to take a vacation from God’s ways just because things got hard and doing something else makes me feel better. When the only way of escape is contrary to God’s way, I can be sure that God will make another way.
How well I remember my bad choices because I felt ‘I couldn’t take it anymore.’ Thank you for the suffering that increased my spiritual stamina. Give me the grace to never take sinful detours again. Amen
Question: Have you ever taken the easy way out because you followed your heart? Perhaps your relationship with God has been distant ever since. Go back to where you lost your intimacy and make things right today.