27 JAN

2014

TODAY'S WORD FOR TODAY

Living Single

‘…[God]…will not…leave you without support…’

Hebrews 13:5

Colleen Alden writes: ‘I’m single…The kind of companionship I ache for…I don’t have. This feeling drives me to seek God…Why am I single when I long to love and be loved?…Though it’s pointless to use our limited understanding to critique God’s plans, it’s helpful to catch glimpses of what He’s creating in me: Courage: to go home every night to someone who believes in me might make facing the scary parts of life easier…Singleness forces me to lean on God…to face an uncertain future without fear. Psalm 27:1 NIV says, “…The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” He’s my protector, provider and Saviour whether I’ve a husband or not. Faith: Paul says, “Be satisfied with your present circumstances…God…will not…leave you without support.” Do I believe He knows best even when it hurts and I don’t understand? When we’ve tasted loneliness past what we think we can bear…cry out to Jesus. He’s “close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” (Psalms 34:18 NIV). He knows what it is to long for something…He’s longed for the affection of his loved ones for centuries. Authenticity: once in a while a man sparks my interest…Then a funny thing happens. The more interested I become, the more I become someone else…The old fears kick in. Am I pretty enough? Thin enough? Charming and talkative enough? God made me who I am, and years of being single have allowed me to learn who this woman is…I’d rather be single than be with someone who wants me to be someone else.’

Lev 21:1-23:25, Matt 10:32-42, Ps 104:24-35, Pr 3:11-12

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