“Then the Lord God made a woman…and he brought her to the man.” (Genesis 2:22)
Adam lived in a perfect neighborhood and had a perfect job—one God gave him. It doesn't get much better than that. Nevertheless he was lonely; something was missing from his life. The Bible says, “But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God…made a woman” (vv. 20-22 NIV). God recognized Adam's need for companionship and He met that need. However, this is where some of us acting on loneliness, frustration, or bad advice, rush ahead of God.
There's a reason one of the nine gifts of the Spirit listed in the Bible is “the ability to distinguish between spirits” (See 1Co 12:10). When someone comes into your life they don't just bring their looks, talents, and financial assets; they also bring their spirit. If you've ever been around someone with a controlling spirit, a vindictive spirit, a resentful spirit, or a negative spirit, you know why this particular gift is so important. So make yourself a hard jury, one that's not easily convinced, one that requires concrete evidence before reaching a verdict. And remember that it's better to lengthen the deliberation process and ensure the decision you make is right, than to reach a hasty conclusion and end up with a broken heart.
You may not feel wise and experienced when it comes to making such decisions, but hear this: It's not how much you know that arms you with the tools of great decision making, but how much you ask. The first person to ask is God, and the time to do it is before, not after you get into a relationship.
作者簡介: Rev. Bob Gass 鮑勃·蓋斯牧師出生於北愛爾蘭貝爾法斯特，十八歲移居美國。在他服事主超過四十多年後，於1992年開始著手寫The Word For You Today“得力的一天”。 他的靈修文章善於激勵與啟迪人心，更幫助許多讀者每日倚靠主、與主同行。