1 Corinthians 7:36-40
In this text, as with last week’s text, Paul emphasizes the freedom of choice that accompanies marriage. Marriage is not simply a matter (as has been so often and unhelpfully described) of “finding God’s will.” Of course we want to find God’s will! But this is not helpful to young people who are looking for a needle in a haystack. The pursuit of marriage can feel like the search for the perfect diamond- there are millions of diamonds in the world, but how do you know which one is the right one? This is a helpless and pitiable feeling- and in fact, it is not even a biblical perspective of marriage. Biblically speaking, marriage is a choice and a commitment between two individuals who love God, and determine to love one another, by the grace of God. Thus marriage is a decision to be made on biblical criteria, and with biblical and godly wisdom, rather than mystically feeling your way through the spiritual fog. We do not close our eyes and leap into the darkness, hoping that God will catch us; rather, we ask God to help us see the way most clearly, with the guidance of the Scriptures.