We have a fascination with relationships. We want to understand how they get started, how they work, how they come to an end. Relationships are the essence of life. They can be a source of joy, happiness, disappointment and sorrow. As humans we have a longing to belong. And the truth is that our longing to belong is part of God’s design. What often happens is that we seek to be fulfilled through our relationships with others rather than through our relationship with God.
Without an authentic relationship with God, we are left empty and detached. There is in all of us, at our very core, a longing desire that is so deep that no physical connection can reach it. However, many people try to fill the God-sized void in their lives with a human relationship. But the reality is that no human relationship, no matter how wonderful, can ever complete us. We were created for an intimacy that is even deeper than marriage (1 Corinthians 6:16-17).
Many singles often seek a relationship from God before building their relationship with God. Psalm 37:4 states, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Delight means to enjoy, or be fond of someone or something. Enjoy God and He will give you the desires of Your heart. Too often, our delight is in our desires and not in God.
Many people view God as a means to an end. But a proper view of God sees Him as the beginning, the means and the end. When we serve God to get stuff, we are not seeking God. We are seeking stuff through God. God should be the source of my delight, pleasure and enjoyment. And when we delight in the Lord, our desires begin to change. When we delight in the Lord, the question at the forefront of our minds is, “How will God be glorified in this relationship?”
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