If there were any specific places in the Bible that men and women should turn their hearts towards during their single days, I would believe that one of them is Psalm 37. This chapter has been popping up everywhere I turn for weeks now and I finally sat down and really dissected what it says.
Right on time stuff!
Being a single girl myself, there are days when I start to think about when my time will come and what I should be doing right now while I am “waiting” on The One. We have all had those moments when we wonder why someone who didn’t “do it the right way” seems to still find their happily ever after while we are trying to patiently wait on God without putting our own hand in the process. I sometimes have to remind myself that God really doesn’t need my help when it comes to relationships and the sort, but there are plenty who still do believe they need to give God a hand to speed things along. He created the universe, so a husband should be a piece of cake.
After breaking down Psalm 37 with my small group, I started to see this as that “the grass isn’t always greener on the other side” type of message. There are plenty of people who prosper when it comes to relationships, careers, education, finances, etc. But, just because they seem successful, doesn’t mean that God blessed it or even had anything to do with it. Our flesh wants what it wants and many times we follow our own desires instead of waiting on God to give us directions on who to marry and what careers to take. When we follow our own will and not the will of God, there is always a price to pay.
So singles, if you find yourself wondering if being patient and waiting on God is worth it, it is. Just because stepping outside of God’s will to find a mate seemed like it worked for someone else, know that God has a greater love story in the works for you. The grass may not always be greener on the other side but God promises to grant the desires of the heart to those who commit themselves to Him. Don’t envy people who seem to benefit from following their own path and not God’s path for them. God has already promised not to forsake His righteous. Never let the words or actions of others who aren’t firm in Christ sway you to go against what you know is right. Remember the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy and He uses those he can easily influence to try to tempt you with sin. God sees every time you honor Him in your heart, your mind and body and trust me, He is pleased. Stand firm in your faith and on His word and allow Him to prove Himself faithful.
1 Do not fret because of those who are evil
or be envious of those who do wrong;
2 for like the grass they will soon wither,
like green plants they will soon die away.
3 Trust in the LORD and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
4 Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
6 He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
7 Be still before the LORD
and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when people succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
8 Refrain from anger and turn from wrath;
do not fret—it leads only to evil.
9 For those who are evil will be destroyed,
but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land.
10 A little while, and the wicked will be no more;
though you look for them, they will not be found.
11 But the meek will inherit the land
and enjoy peace and prosperity.
12 The wicked plot against the righteous
and gnash their teeth at them;
13 but the Lord laughs at the wicked,
for he knows their day is coming.
14 The wicked draw the sword
and bend the bow
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slay those whose ways are upright.
15 But their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.
16 Better the little that the righteous have
than the wealth of many wicked;
17 for the power of the wicked will be broken,
but the LORD upholds the righteous.
18 The blameless spend their days under the LORD’s care,
and their inheritance will endure forever.
19 In times of disaster they will not wither;
in days of famine they will enjoy plenty.
20 But the wicked will perish:
Though the LORD’s enemies are like the flowers of the field,
they will be consumed, they will go up in smoke.
21 The wicked borrow and do not repay,
but the righteous give generously;
22 those the LORD blesses will inherit the land,
but those he curses will be destroyed.
23 The LORD makes firm the steps
of the one who delights in him;
24 though he may stumble, he will not fall,
for the LORD upholds him with his hand.
25 I was young and now I am old,
yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken
or their children begging bread.
26 They are always generous and lend freely;
their children will be a blessing.[b]
27 Turn from evil and do good;
then you will dwell in the land forever.
28 For the LORD loves the just
and will not forsake his faithful ones.
Wrongdoers will be completely destroyed[c];
the offspring of the wicked will perish.
29 The righteous will inherit the land
and dwell in it forever.
30 The mouths of the righteous utter wisdom,
and their tongues speak what is just.
31 The law of their God is in their hearts;
their feet do not slip.
32 The wicked lie in wait for the righteous,
intent on putting them to death;
33 but the LORD will not leave them in the power of the wicked
or let them be condemned when brought to trial.
34 Hope in the LORD
and keep his way.
He will exalt you to inherit the land;
when the wicked are destroyed, you will see it.
35 I have seen a wicked and ruthless man
flourishing like a luxuriant native tree,
36 but he soon passed away and was no more;
though I looked for him, he could not be found.
37 Consider the blameless, observe the upright;
a future awaits those who seek peace.[d]
38 But all sinners will be destroyed;
there will be no future[e]for the wicked.
39 The salvation of the righteous comes from the LORD;
he is their stronghold in time of trouble.
40 The LORD helps them and delivers them;
he delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.