Our Father intends for you to love and be complemented by the mate He has ordained for you. As your Designer, He knows you BETTER than you know yourself, and He’s created the man who will make you happy. But you must also do your part. #3 on the list of 12 Ways to Know He’s Right for You is that your fellow meets most of the Important criteria on your list. You have a list, right?
The reason for knowing the attributes you’d prefer in a husband, besides making your requests known to God, is so that you become aware of them yourself, and you’ll recognize your blessing when he arrives.
I John 5: 15 says, “And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” The LORD doesn’t NEED us to ask Him, but He tells us to because it makes us more involved in receiving the outcome.
This photo is of my new miracle dining room chairs. Last year, I noticed that my old chairs were wearing out, and made a mental note that I‘d like to have new ones. But dining chairs are expensive and there was no money for them, so I forgot about it.
Then last week, I received an email about an accessory sale at a model home park I’d only visited once years before. Although no one would go with me, and I wasn’t looking for anything specific, or nor had funds to “waste” on new decor, I kept feeling the urge to visit the 2-day sale. So I got dressed and went.
After touring 11 of the 12 homes, I’d found nothing of interest. Then in the last house, there sat the most beautiful dining chairs ever! I admired them longingly, and reluctantly ventured a look at the price tag… “Set of 4 chairs – $4,696.00”!
Resigned but not surprised since furniture wasn’t on sale, I moved on to tour the rest of the house. But I was drawn back to those chairs. It was then I saw another price scrawled lightly in red beneath the big black original price…”4 chairs – $470.00”!
After recovering from shock, I realized The LORD’s Hand and ran to grab a sales person to purchase them! When I returned the next day to double-check if there was anything I’d missed, no other item was being offered at such a drastic discount!
“What does this have to do with my future husband”, you ask? The factors that influence God’s blessings are similar, no matter the nature of our requests.
#1 – Desire. New chairs were something I truly wanted. A husband is something you must actually want. God hears you even when it’s only a passing, casual request.
#2 – Know What You Like. I knew the style, fabric type and look I wanted. But Our Father understood my heart’s desire, and Perfection is what He is! On my own, I would never have found such ideal chairs. And on your own, you will never find your perfect mate. Only He knows exactly what you need, and how to get him to you.
#3 – Patience. Although dining chairs were a desire, I was also satisfied with what I had, and would never have rushed out seeking new ones. I dropped it completely, but The LORD didn’t, and He led me to the right place, the right time, the perfect chairs, at an amazing price, when I least expected it! Only Our Father can do this! Never doubt that He has heard your husband prayers…it’s now upon you to wait on Him. Don’t fret or worry… let it go and “Let God”.
#4 – Obedience. When Christ imparted the urge to move, I didn’t talk myself out of it. My response wasn’t “Lord, why should I drive all the way over there when there’s nothing I’m going to buy?” I felt the tug in my Spirit, got up and obeyed. And His miracle was waiting.
Hopefully you’re encouraged to consider your specific desires in a spouse. Ask God, then move on. He is in complete control, and He will answer you!
Until next week…Joy and Shalom!