Praying for Truth in All Circumstances

When was the last time one of your single girlfriends told you about her latest adventure and said excitedly, “I can’t believe how many single men were there! And they were part of my generation, too!”


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I can’t think of a time, either.


Maybe I’m over-generalizing. If you can think of a time when that happened, then please let me know. I want to go wherever she went!


Sometimes, our experienced reality is not very encouraging. It’s hard to feel hopeful and encouraged about a future marriage when we don’t readily see options and possibilities around us.


Our circumstances might be true for the moment, but they are not the end of the story. God gave me some insight about that this morning.


I encountered the word truth in Philippians and looked up its meaning: genuine, real, unconcealed. The notes in my Bible say we can be assured that God’s utterances—His truth—agree with reality.


And that’s when God reminded me: although my circumstances are real, He holds the greater reality. What He has said in His Word about me, my life, the world and Himself supersede temporary circumstances.


God isn’t limited because we can’t figure out where the men are. His power and ability to work are not diminished because of our lack of  experience.


I’m hanging my hat—and my hopes and dreams—on the truth that transcends my experience.


Philippians 4:8 says, “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”


Pray for:

  • God to highlight specific truths that have been overshadowed by circumstances in our lives
  • Our minds to be renewed and faith strengthened by meditating on what God says
  • God to remind us of good reports of His work in the area of marriage and relationships


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