WHY WORRY WHEN you can pray? This question is as relevant as it lingers longer. It has always been a timely challenge to many a Christian since first it was asked many years ago. It is also a reminder of what the Scripture commands to all Christians in Philipians 4:6 thus: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” The same is emphasized by the Lord Jesus Himself in Matthew6:25-32 and chapter7:7. And now, here comes another similar question waiting to be answered not with words but action: why hurry when you can wait (and when it actually pays to wait)? This is a pertinent question to life generally, particularly on the issue marriage—for those anticipating marriage. Dear single, why rush into marriage when you can’t rush out? Do you feel pushed? Do you feel desperate? Then check it for danger is likely ahead! When you act out of sheer desperation, you’ll definitely take the wrong steps. When you rush, you’ll most likely be rash, irrational and unreasonable in taking steps.
Now, why rush to face danger when the best is yet to, and just about to, come? Why not wait patiently for it? Mind you, if you take a move at the wrong time, you’ll miss God’s best sent to you. It’s actually on the way but it will miss you if it arrives and rather meets your absence. So, my single friend(s) please be very careful. Ask (the Lord), never be anxious but trust. He knows, and has, the best (right) person and timing for you. His word says He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. (Eccl.3:11). Never run ahead of Him. You have nothing to lose by following Him slowly and patiently. Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. (Prov.3:5&6).
Believers indeed do not rush unnecessarily for he that believeth shall not make haste. (Isaiah 28:16). Selah!
Oore-ofe A. Ariyo.