If God has told you something, it
must come to pass. God cannot lie.
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Believe God for a Spouse?
Let's face it, everyone who has wanted to be married did not get married. But, that one does not have to be you.
I see in the book of Ruth, God made provision of a spouse for Ruth who chose to follow God rather than stay in her own country.
The scripture tells of Naomi, her husband and their two sons leaving their country, due to famine, to go to another country (Moab). Naomi's husband died. Her sons each married a woman from Moab. Then Naomi's sons died. Leaving her with two daughters in law, Orpah and Ruth. Naomi decided to return to her country after being gone for more than 10 years. We will pick it up there.
Ruth 1: 8 & 9 "And Naomi said unto her two daughters in law, Go, return each to her mother's house: the Lord deal kindly with you, as ye have dealt with the dead, and with me. The Lord grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband."
I found it interesting that Naomi was interested in her daughters in law getting a husband. (Scripture tells us that if we being evil know how to give good gifts to our children how much more shall our Father which is in Heaven give good things to them that ask Him? Matthew 7:11) Also interesting is the placement of the book of Ruth in the Bible. It is not about Boaz it is about Ruth, as the book is so named.
In Week 3 above, we established that having a spouse is a good thing. We also see this in Proverbs 18:22, "Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour with the Lord."
So, relax. Take a deep breath. Don't get anxious. You have everything you need working for your good.
Some may make the observation that I am very positive about the subject of believing for a spouse. That is because God's Word is very positive about the subject.
I distributed a survey among single Christians in February of 2007. The results showed approximately 90% of the singles who answered the survey were interested in being married and 9% were undecided. God is aware of these numbers.
Ruth chose God over what would appear to be a sure thing of marriage in her own country. Naomi tried to convince Ruth that she would not be able to produce another son for her to marry and thus Ruth would more than likely be without a husband. Ruth prevailed.
Ruth 1:18, "When she (Naomi) saw that she (Ruth) was stedfastly minded to go with her, then she left speaking unto her." I will skip down in the story to the entrance of Boaz. Boaz is a kinsman of Naomi's late husband. (Who knew?)
Ruth 2:4 & 5, "And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The Lord be with you. And they answered him, The Lord bless thee. Then said Boaz unto his servant that was set over the reapers, Whose damsel is this?" Boaz was inquiring of Ruth.
I like the way "behold" was placed in the verse. As if this was not standard practice for Boaz to be visiting at the fields.
Boaz and Ruth married and had a son. Their son Obed was the father of Jesse who was the father of David. Not only did the Father give her a spouse, Her faith in God will be known always because she was also placed in the line of King David.
Next time we will discuss timing as represented in Ecclesiastes 3:1 & 11, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: He hath made every thing beautiful in his time:..."
|The information for these studies are included in my book, "Single and Wanting to be Married..." It is available at the Book Corner on this Web site.|
|To be continued...