Do you believe God has a chosen person for you? This post came to mind after reading a comment on my latest post, Singleness Is Hard, Lonely, And Unwanted that said:
“I think you’ve really hit on something here, Yvonne. I may be a single woman but I have been blessed with wonderful family and friends who I can go through life with. And although I would love to one day be married, I agree wholeheartedly, it needs to be the right person. The one that God has chosen for me. Until he shows up I’ll keep moving forward with what God has for me right now. Thanks for the encouraging words on singleness. Blessings!”
Free Will To Choose
“The one that God has chosen for me” stayed in my mind. I believe God has a chosen person for me, and you, if you are single. Yes, there are seven billion people on the planet and we have free will to choose, however, I believe God has a perfect and suitable match for each of us.
Reveals The Person
When we lean into our relationship with God and we are led by his Holy Spirit, I believe he reveals the person he has for us in the same way he reveals the person we need to run from. Over the weekend, I met a young woman who shared the story of her short-lived marriage. God spoke to her and showed her many reasons why she should walk away yet she ignored it all because she’s getting older and doesn’t want to be alone. Today, she is alone raising her daughter.
I Will Advise You
In Psalm 32:8, “The LORD says, I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” I can tell you from my own life that every word of that verse is absolutely true. I’ve known God all my life thanks to the rich heritage of Christian faith I was born into. I gave my heart to him and became a Christian at the young age of 16, however, my personal relationship with him got real when he led me to California for the very first time.
I’m Not Exempt
Since I took that step of faith and obedience, the Lord has been guiding me and leading me, advising me and watching over me. That verse is the reason I’m unmarried. No other reason. I could be married and divorced like many people I know, I’m not exempt, however, when God said, end that relationship, I obeyed.
Beyond Her Ministry
Noted Christian author and speaker Priscilla Shirer spoke at my church this past weekend. While I knew of her because her father, Dr. Tony Evans is pretty much a fixture at my church thanks to his long-standing friendship with my pastor, I didn’t know anything about her beyond her ministry so I Googled.
They Never Met
I learned how she met her husband; she was speaking at a luncheon when the coordinator saw her photo and said I have to match her up with our handsome director Jerry Shirer who at the time was the Head of Operations at the hotel where she spoke. All is well 19 years later. Here’s the thing, they had been going to the same church where her father was the pastor all that time yet they never met because of the size of the church.
A Purpose For Marriage
Yesterday in her message, she talked about when they started having children. Jerry told her they would have sons for the purpose of raising up a godly line of Shirer men; something his family never had. There’s a purpose for marriage. We don’t just get married to say, “Look at me, I’m married now.” No! God has an assignment, a plan and a purpose for each marriage.
When It Doesn’t Make Sense
Today, Priscilla and Jerry are raising three boys; Jackson, Jerry Jr, and Jude. That’s no coincidence, that’s all God. That’s what he does. He leads us in the way we should go for his plan and his purpose, however, it’s up to us to obey him, even and especially when it doesn’t make sense.
Lost Her Mind
It made no sense to Priscilla when the conference coordinator, a woman she’d never met called her back to finalize the details and also to tell her about a great guy she was certain was a perfect match for her. She thought the lady had lost her mind!
One Person You Should Marry
So, is there only one person you can marry? Absolutely not. Again, there are 7 billion people on the planet. You can marry whomever you choose. God gives us free will. With that said, there’s only one person you should marry and that person is the one God has chosen and set apart for you.
What say you? Do you believe God has a chosen person for each person who desires marriage?
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