I’m amazed at the numbers of people who never consider the awesome fact that God has always had them on his mind. You may have never thought about God. Yet, God has designed a specific plan for your life, one that is uniquely your own. “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV).
You will have to wait for the release of my latest book, “Living with Purpose: Fulfilling Your Destiny”, Summer of 2020, until then the best book I’ve read in recent years to addresses God’s plan for his children is Pastor Rick Warren’s, “The Purpose Driven Life”. On the front cover of the book, Pastor Warren raises a profound question, which I imagine as a pastor he’s been asked hundreds, if not thousands of times, “What on Earth Am I Here For?”[i] This question, I believe, is encapsulated in the “Did God mean me” question.
Singles often struggle with the “Did God mean me” question in part because they don’t know or understand that God has designed a unique plan for their life. If you haven’t already done so, I encourage you to purchase Rick Warren’s book.
There is one point from the book, I will share with you “Today the average life span is 25, 550 days. That’s how long you will live if you are typical. Don’t you think it would be a wise use of time to set aside 40 of those days to figure out what God wants you to do with the rest of them? The Bible is clear that God considers 40 days a spiritually significant time period. Whenever God wanted to prepare someone for his purpose, he took 40 days”.[ii]
Why not commit yourself to 40 days of fasting and prayer, truly meeting God face-to-face. Ask Him to order your foot steps and reveal His plan for you with respect to your marital status. Only God knows the plan He’s designed for this area of your life. Seek God to determine the plan and trust him. Whatever the plan, you should be prepared to live your life as a completely whole person whether single or not.
1. I plan to prepare to live a complete life so that I can…?
2. I plan to adjust how I feel about my singleness so that I can…?
3. I plan to adjust how I feel about my brokenness so that I can…?
4. I plan to ask God about His plan for my life so that I can…?
I plan to pray for an answer to the questions “Does God Mean Me?” so that I can…?
[i] Warren, Rick. The Purpose Driven Life, Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan Press, 2002