More than you might expect. While the Bible may not specifically direct you on who to marry, what college to attend, or which career path to choose, it does share everything you need to follow His leading in life.
May the rich truths of the Scriptures below cause your heart to rejoice in the grace and help of our Lord! Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.
The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. The Lord your God who goes before you will himself fight for you, just as he did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where you have seen how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, all the way that you went until you came to this place. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever.
If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity. Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.
Whoever gives thought to the word will discover good, and blessed is he who trusts in the LORD. That unity of purpose builds unity in marriage, as the two of you work together in serving the Lord. And there are a fair amount of nice, good-looking church-goers who are living for themselves, not for Christ.
Maybe there are some nice Canaanite girls or guys around. He prayed a lot, but when Abraham told him to go to Haran and find a wife for Isaac, he arose and went He moved out in obedience and he used common sense by taking the gifts needed to secure a bride in that culture. In college I heard speakers say that we should just trust God for a wife. I felt like if I went to a Christian gathering to look for a Christian girl to date, I was really carnal! I bought that for a while.
So obey God and use the common sense He gave you. You may find a godly mate at church.
So the servant went in obedience, called to God for guidance, and God gave it to him Or we get into our established routine, and it takes a catastrophe for God to get our attention so He can let us know what He wants us to do. In fact, there was no guarantee of success. Both Abraham and the servant recognized that they might not succeed Before the servant was done praying, God brought Rebekah along and the circumstances fit together in such an unmistakable way that the servant knew God had led him. Sometimes He providentially leads you into a relationship where you get your heart broken.
I went through two major and one minor heartbreak romances before the Lord led me to Marla. While such experiences are not fun, the Lord does have important lessons to teach you if you submit to His sovereign ways. Rather, he was trying to provide a basis upon which he could know that his prayer had been answered.
It would have been customary for any young woman to have given a stranger a drink.
Since self-centeredness is the root of most marriage conflicts, the servant was going to the very heart of what Isaac needed in a bride to have a happy home life. She was simply living as she always did, thinking of the needs of others and giving herself to meet those needs. God used that to make her the wife of Isaac, the mother of Israel Jacob. Beauty is okay Especially look for someone who denies self and is focused on loving God and others.
Although Rebekah had some say in the matter, it was her parents who really approved it.
I have learned 6 principles to guide me as I seek God's will in any situation. but guidelines and truths - an explanation of who God is -- that can help you make. For starters, if you are interested in knowing God's plan for your life, then you must 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; . is definitely God's plan, but it does help to give you some basic direction.
If your parents are not believers, their counsel may not be as valid as that of godly parents. Isaac and Rebekah married; then we read that Isaac loved her But if you build love on the foundation of the marriage commitment, then you can weather the inevitable storms. In the Bible, we are commanded to love our mates whether we feel in love or not; the feelings follow if we obey.
This must be my lucky day! I think Abraham and Isaac were praying, too see v. The story reveals that this servant walked in fellowship with God.
So when God worked the circumstances out, he worshiped the Lord and then was careful to tell Rebekah and her family the whole story of how God had led him. Take her and go When you know that prayer is behind your circumstances, then that which otherwise may seem to be a coincidence turns out not to be a coincidence at all. Your steps are ordered by the Lord. When you walk with Him and are committed to His purpose, He will work quietly behind the scenes of your life, leading you through potential hazards, not always leading as you might have hoped, but still leading, putting all the pieces together.
After my third brokenhearted romance, I was more lonely than I had ever been. I spent a lot of time crying out to the Lord for His provision for a wife.
I hung up the phone and fasted and prayed for three days, entreating the Lord to give her to me for my wife. Some time before that, my former roommate had been hiking in the local mountains.
In the Bible, God has told us exactly what we should do when it comes to making decisions. The very fountain of all wisdom counsels us. For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. If we evaluate our decision by scripture, ask for wisdom, and then ask the opinion of others, we are doing what God requires of us. Cole, All Rights Reserved. I want my children to have every good thing.
He told me that he had met three Christian girls.