Sunday, January 22, 2006

Here's something the Lord has been working in me: Contentment with being single.

It seems like everyone around has that "special someone" and all I ever get to do is sit back and watch or be ignored by those who are my friends.

At this very moment, I enjoy being single. I love the freedom I have, that I don't have to report to anyone, have set dates, that I can talk to any guy I want to, that I don't have to feel like I am in an exclusive relationship. I like the friends that I have. I have enjoyed them so much this year. I don't have to worry about being late for a date or that I forgot to put some make up on, or that I have a huge zit. All of that does not matter as much as my relationship with God. That is more important to me.

There are many aspects that should be considered before even entering a relationship: Are the same standards upheld? Are the fundamental doctrines agreed upon? Are the "little things" overcomeable?

2 Corinthians 6:14Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

I do not think the Lord has brought that "one" into my life as of yet. There are not any guys I would consider dating here at college anyway. plus, I am too busy to date. Working two jobs and taking a class will keep a person very busy. I'm lucky to get a couple of phone calls to home during the week.
The service was very good tonight. It was about "Has the Lord Provided for You?"
Ref. Gen 22:1-14; Heb. 11:17-18

Genesis 22
1And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

2And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

3And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

4Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.

5And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

6And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.

7And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

8And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

9And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

10And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

11And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

12And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

13And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

14And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

Hebrews 11:17-19

17By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

18Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:

19Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

There are 4 requirements to see God provide:

1) Fulfill God's command
2) Forsake family ties
3) Forfeit your aspirations and dreams
4) Follow through to the end

Abraham passed the test and God provided for Him.

There was an illustration about a ship that sank and there was a young boy who survived by sitting on a rock all night. When asked if he trembled, he said, "I surely did tremble, but the rock did not."

1 comment:

Courtney, Jer.33:3 said...

I too, am waiting on the right one.
It can be hard sometimes, but I don't want to get ahead of God and wind up in a mess.