I Corinthians 7 – a new look (Part 5)

Now, what does all this have to do with the unmarried person who aches for marriage to the glory of God?  How does one in my circumstance, “ancient never-married,’ maintain relationship hope?  I have found great comfort in Psalm 73.  The Psalmist, Asaph, is bewailing the fact that remaining pure is hard because he finds himself poor, cold, hungry, and subject to violence.  He says in essence, “what’s the point?  I see those around me who do not honor God and who are rich and live in luxury, warmth, and abundance.”  He says in verse 13, (NIV) Surely in vain I have kept my heart pure and have washed my hands in innocence.

Unfortunately, too many unmarrieds who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ are saying the same thing, particularly in sexual faithfulness and purity.  There are a couple of options:  Pray for God to remove the desire for sexual closeness while not having it, or yielding to the admittedly strong desire because it is too strong to resist.  Neither one is a satisfactory answer.  I can admit to a certain amount of fist-shaking at God for giving desire and then saying, “wait.”  Years of fist-shaking, to be honest.  While He may remove the desire from some, for most he does not.  I’ve come to believe that that desire is a small illustration of what my longing for God should be.  Just as God’s husband relationship with His chosen people was a foreshadow of Jesus Christ’s bridegroom relationship with His church, our life in turn is a foreshadow of what will take place in heaven.  (Revelation 19:9:  We are always in a state of waiting.  All our desires and longings are meant to be an illustration of what we really want from God.

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