|“”… Yea, let God be true, but every man a liar … ” Romans 3:4 There are times when people say, ‘I prayed and nothing happened.’ ‘I had devotions and it’s not working.’ ‘I go to church and don’t receive anything.’ ‘I’m doing all the things Scripture tells me to, but it’s just not happening.’ And I have to respond in love, ‘You’re a liar because God promises that if we draw close to Him, He’ll draw close to us, (James 4:8). Therefore, somebody’s lying — and it’s not God.” Jon Courson
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife.” I Corinthians 7:32-33
In his controversial seventh chapter of first Corinthians, Paul addresses issues primarily concerning the family. The family unit is a temporal entity; Jesus said, “For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.”312 Life’s ultimate decisions should not be made on the basis of the family. For example, a person should not allow the families desire for things to cause him to focus his energies on accruing mammon.313 Marriage is temporal; don’t make eternal decisions on the basis of temporal data. Thus Paul reasons that the unmarried are better positioned to serve the Lord than those married.
Some do not have the gift of celibacy, and Paul says, “But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to be aflame with passion.”314 If you are unmarried, or have unmarried children, do not assume that God plans marriage for you. Culture does not dictate the decisions you make, God does. He may have marriage for you, as He did for me. But this does not mean that marriage is preferable to celibacy. It is an issue of your calling and stewardship. Whether or not God plans marriage for you, you must surrender your desire to His Lordship and allow Him to lead you.
312 Matthew 22:30
Psalm 119:1-88 1 Corinthians 7:20-40 (New King James Version)
1 Corinthians 7:20-40
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