Dating for quiet people
He kept pouring more and more of His presence in my life, teaching me out of the Scriptures, and visiting me in my devotions. Words cannot describe the way I felt as God fulfilled all my longings to be married, "For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name." (Isa 54:5).
At one point, I was so satisfied that I even thought that maybe God wanted me to remain single.
), "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." (Col.
3:2) "Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
I also know young people who played the "dating game" and who are now in the ministry, serving the Lord with all their hearts.
However, it is always awkward when a certain evangelist comes to minister because he used to be the pastors wifes boyfriend!
This embarrassing situation could have been avoided if, instead of trying the "dating game," the young people had gotten down on their knees and prayed for guidance and direction from the Lord.
Some people marry and have hurts from past relationships that interfere with their service to God.
It would not have been enough for me to just give up dating, but it was imperative to replace that void with the Lord.
I also told Him that if it was not His will that Id ever marry, that Id be willing to serve Him in whatever way He wanted, even if He wanted to send me as a single missionary to a hut in the middle of Africa, to be killed in a muslim country, or to just be a janitor in my local church.
"Ellen, will you put your dating life on the altar?
" This question haunted me for a little while, for I knew that He was asking me to trust Him with the question of marriage.
Likewise, we do not find out who our spouses are by dating one here, another one there, trying this one, and trying that one.