If God’s So Good, Why Am I Still Single?

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“Trusting God’s goodness can be difficult. Surely if He knew me, we say, He would know I don’t want to stay single the rest of my life.  If He were as loving and concerned as He says He is, He would guide us to the person we want to be with. . .

The issue of singleness and marriage is big enough to make or break our faith.  We find it difficult to accept that we’re precious to God when He doesn’t give us what we think we need.  We find that our will collides with God’s.  But God has planned our lives carefully and intimately.  Are we willing to surrender our will to His?  Even though we wrestle, it’s possible to come to appreciate God’s will and presence in our lives, and to find that Abba knows best.”

– Skip McDonald in “And She Lived Happily Ever After: Finding Fulfillment as a Single Woman” (InterVarsity Press, 2005)

Do You Trust Jesus. . .With Your Dating Life?

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“Let me ask you: do you trust Jesus?  Do you believe that He truly has your best interests at heart, that He would never mislead you — that if you follow His advice, you’re setting yourself up for the best, most meaningful, and most fulfilling life imaginable?  Can you count on Him knowing what He’s talking about?  Do you think it’s possible that the second most important decision you’ll ever make (other than your commitment to follow Christ) — who you marry — should be based on Jesus’ most fundamental agenda for our lives: seeking first God’s kingdom and righteousness?  Do you believe every significant decision we make should be run through this grid?  If our choice of marital partner is no exception, what wouldn’t qualify as an exception?  If Jesus’ words aren’t relevant for such a crucial decision, why would they have any importance in any lesser decision?”
– Best Selling Author Gary Thomas in “The Sacred Search” (2013, David C. Cook)