1 Corinthians 7:25-35
Paul explains that at times, there are mitigating circumstances in life which suspend the normal processes of life. Under typical circumstances, marriage is beneficial and preferable. But there are times and circumstances where marriage, due to the difficulties of life, can become such a burden as to be ultimately unhelpful. Paul was living in such a time, as he will describe.
This does not mean that marriage itself is problematic! There is nothing wrong with God’s design and institution of marriage; and when marriage is lived out according to God’s instructions, it is a wonderful thing. The Bible affirms this in Proverbs 18:22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord. But Paul shows that obedient service to Christ is a greater thing, both in this world and the next; and the sober Christian lives out his faith with this object in view. Many Christians are so obsessed with their earthly desires, even legitimate desires, that they have made an idol of their dreams, and have in truth forsaken the God of the Bible. Let God’s people not be guilty of such egregious sin.
We noted last week that Paul is dealing with the concept of serving the Lord; and as we will see today, Paul brings out this emphasis very clearly.