A Reason and a Season
Day: 23 | Plan: Romans - 1 and 2 Corinthians
Today's Reading: 1 Corinthians 7
1 Corinthians 7:7b (NIV) “But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.”
Within 1 Corinthians 7, Paul addresses singleness, marriage, divorce and widowhood. How are these unique seasons of life connected? Paul’s thesis for chapter seven is this: Our relationship with God is the most important relationship and influences all other relationships.
Paul teaches that whether married or single, each situation is a gift of God, entrusted to an individual for a reason.
He explains that singleness allows for unrivaled focus on ministry and undivided devotion to God. (1 Corinthians 7:35)
Paul also encourages those in healthy and hard marriages. In 1 Corinthians 7:15-24, he describes our position in marriage as a calling—God’s chosen and appointed place of ministry. In healthy Christian marriages, couples can grow in their faith and obedience to God.
For a Christian married to a non-Christian, Paul’s words are even stronger that one has the potential to be used by God to draw their spouse and children to Christ! If you are struggling in a difficult marriage, draw near to God. Seek His comfort, guidance, wisdom and strength. Ask Him to help you honor Him. He can change hopeless situations. (Genesis 18:14; Matthew 19:26; Luke 1:37; Ephesians 3:20)
Also, he encourages that whether married, single or widowed, one is to be content in the season where God has called them. For Paul, the great equalizer for any person … in any season … is that our time is short and this world is passing away. Our focus, Paul’s point, is that our lives should be spent in wholehearted service and devotion to God.
Are you married, divorced, widowed or single? Each season is a gift. It’s a ministry and a calling. With the Lord’s help, we can each fulfill that calling in a greater way. Remember, God has a unique purpose for you right where you are. So, embrace your season and live obediently for Him. Trusting His sovereign, holy purposes for your life.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the reminder that both marriage and singleness are gifts from You. Your Word encourages me to treasure my marriage and see it for the gift it truly is. Use me to support and strengthen the singles around me to fulfill their calling to glorify You. Help me not be defined by my marital status but by my relationship with You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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