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Many in that culture thought that satisfaction in life comes through gratifying sensual lusts.
This is perhaps a word that needs to be spoken more often in our day.Many Christians put pressure on singles, especially those getting along in years, to get married.I want to develop three thoughts: While marriage is God’s normal design for most people, He has gifted some to remain single so that they can serve Him without the encumbrances that necessarily go along with marriage.When Paul says, “It is good for a man not to touch a woman” (7:1), he is using the word “touch” as a figure of speech that refers to the physical relationship in marriage as representing marriage as a whole.Sometimes we communicate an unbiblical attitude: “I wonder what’s wrong with him (or her) that he’s never married? Paul mentions at least two advantages for the person who is gifted to remain single.
He seems like a nice person.” But Paul teaches that being single is good if a person is gifted for it, since it opens some opportunities for serving Christ that are closed to married people. (1) Singles have more freedom in difficult times ().
Late one afternoon she went into the woods to pray for a husband.
She didn’t notice the hour growing late as she continued to pray.
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To say this is not to deprecate marriage, which both Paul and other biblical writers esteem as God’s good gift (1 Tim. Paul is quick to add that a person who marries at such a time has not sinned ().