God's Way To Find Your Spouse
Step 1 - The feeling that someone's missing...
20 So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. (Genesis 2:20)
- Adam realized that he was alone. He saw how everything else had a counter-part, but he didn't. Our first step is to realize that we are alone and that someone is missing in our life.
- It is interesting that Adam had had a purpose and a personal calling before he found Eve. Sometimes we hope to find a purpose and meaning in another human being, but God is the only one who can give this to us. The reason for marriage is not to give your life meaning or a calling, but to join two people with their callings together. I once heard someone put it like this, "Your spouse is not supposed to complete you but to complete your life."
- Some people will never have the feeling that anybody is missing in their life. They are content with being single. Jesus refers to that in Mt 19:12. If you find delight in this statement, you might be one of them. If you get afraid you might be one of them, don't worry, you are not!
Step 2 - Lean back!
21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, He took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. (Genesis 2:21)
- The next step for Adam was simply that God put him to sleep. Adam's part starts and ends with the point of noticing that he is not supposed to be alone. There is nothing else he was supposed to do.
- Our part is to rest. He wants us to lean back and trust Him because He will get into action. He does not want us to start dating or to desperately look for this somebody everywhere we go. He wants us to rest in His promise that He will take care of it.
Step 3 - God will bring you two together.
22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib He had taken out of the man, and He brought her to the man. (Genesis 2:22)
- God takes care of it. And He really puts a lot of effort into it: taking the rib, covering it again, making a woman and bringing her to Adam. I can easily imagine how excited God must have been when He was about to present Eve to Adam, because He really did a great job. God ordained marriage to be a metaphor for our relationship with Him (Eph 5:31-32). You can be sure that He forms great marriages!
- God will bring you two together at the right time and in the right place. God is so careful and diligent, making sure that everything will work out. Don't be afraid that you might miss each other. He will really bring you together.
27 So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27)
- When God created human beings, He actually did not create them alone, but as man and woman - two! When God created you, He didn't only create you but also your significant other, your other 'half'.
- God created a specific human being for you. It is not like there are hundreds of possible partners from which you have to choose. God created someone specific for you and since He is the Creator of both of you we do good with fully trusting Him in this area. He who began a good work will be faithful to complete it (Phil 1:6).
Step 4 - Enjoying that you totally fit together.
23 The man said, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called 'woman', for she was taken out of man." (Genesis 2:23)
- Adam says "bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh". He actually says: "Wow, we are such an amazing match! We are absolutely made for each other." Notice Adam's reaction. You can feel his surprise about Eve. The counter-part God created for you will always be somebody who fits the way you are, being very similar in many aspects and differ in a few to create a good measure of diversity which will foster growth.
- God's choice for us will amaze us and we will be the same amazement for our significant other. It shouldn't be different. God does not join us to somebody who does not fit at all, whose personality is incompatible to ours, whose depth in God differs vastly from ours, someone we cannot stand hanging out with, not even someone we don't perceive as pretty. He does not want to cause a lot of friction just to teach us humility. That's not His way! He is a good Father and "no good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly" (Ps 84:11).
An Encouraging Word to SinglesI know, sometimes this time of 'sleeping', trusting and waiting can feel very long and quite tiresome. It's just too easy to get tired of waiting and force something to happen, but we will only create pain to ourselves by doing this. Have a bit more patience and let God do the work. He knows best and will do the best.
So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, (s)he who is coming will come and will not delay. (Hebrews 10:35-37)
God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It's a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for the help from God. It's a good thing when you're young to stick it out through the hard times. When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. (Lamentations 3:25-29 Message)
Update (2014)Some years have passed since I wrote this little article but it remains one of the most read posts on this blog. So I thought I'd give it a little update.
I'm 26 now, still single, still unkissed, still waiting, still trusting. But I can assure you that I'm even more convinced of the truths that I put down here than when I first wrote them in 2010.
Over the last couple of years the number of my single friends declined rapidly. I'm at that critical age when it seems like everyone around you is getting married but you. Although it's not always easy to watch friends (even some who weren't even born when I started school...) fall in love and get married while I myself remain single, observing those couples has been very rewarding to me.
I've got to watch both types of people, those who waited and trusted the Lord to join them to another human being in due time but also those who went out seeking, dating and choosing their spouse on their own - Christians who while dating might have prayed for God's guidance here and there but never really considered His leadership in a serious way or even waited upon Him.
Several times I became a witness of how God brought together two people, often in the most fascinating and miraculous ways. People who trusted God's plans and timing while pouring their lives into their relationship with Him and then suddenly they found themselves divinely joined to another human being - where the connection wasn't initiated by them but by Him and where God spoke clearly to confirm that this relationship was of His making.
There is something different about these couples. Those for which Jesus wrote the script stand out like no other. And it's been those people who are so fascinated of God's leadership, who keep on telling how much more amazing it is than they ever dared to dream (even though they were quite the dreamers in the first place), those who can't believe it's actually true. It's not only them who are stunned by how much they fit and belong together - it's that even bystanders are impressed at the amazing work God has done here.
Those couples are living illustrations that the truths in this article aren't just naive idealism. Those things are actually happening around me and I get to watch it. God is joining people together, those that are meant to be together and it's the most fascinating, deepest, happiest and brightest relationships and marriages that I've seen. To me those couples are testimonies that it's more than worth the wait, that God doesn't fail to surprise those who wait on Him and that His choice is beyond compare. And although waiting may take longer than expected, why would I ever settle for less? My confidence and trust in Him will be greatly rewarded in due time.