SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2011
"He who finds a wife finds a good thing." Pr 18:22 NKJV
Singles need three things: (1) Acceptance. "He who finds a wife finds a good thing." But what if you can't find "a good thing"? By placing all our emphasis on marriage and family, the church can make singles feel like "a fifth wheel." "God places the lonely in families" (Ps 68:6 NLT). So let's include them, motivate them and make them feel right at home. (2) Healing. People who've been through divorce have been through hell, and they don't need to be treated like second-class citizens. Regardless of who's "guilty" or who's "innocent," hearts need to be mended and lives need to be reclaimed. We're in the "oil and wine business." The Good Samaritan poured oil, which speaks of spiritual empowerment, and wine, which speaks of joy, into the dying man's wounds. And Jesus said that we are to "Go and do likewise" (Lk 10:37 NIV). (3) Hope. God "brought Eve to Adam" (See Ge 2:22-23). Let's encourage our singles not to be driven by loneliness and unmet needs, but to be led by God. If you are single, here is a prayer: "Lord, reassure me that I'm believing according to Your will. Teach me the difference between what I must pursue and what I must wait on You for. You are never late. In these days of waiting, keep me strong in faith. Don't let me stop short of my blessing. Remind me that I must not throw away my confidence for it will be richly rewarded. In Christ's name. Amen."
Published on Saturday, July 16, 2011 @ 11:25 PM CDT