Type the word "dating" into your Bible search tool, and what comes up? I remember wishing there was an entire book of the Bible dedicated to the topic when I was single, or at least a chapter.Now, I get emails from singles across the country looking for guidance on who and how to date.It brings us from a critical posture into a spiritual one where we recognize God’s sovereignty and conduct our relationships with His grace and love, trusting in His direction. Oftentimes we place this ball in the man’s court and passively expect him to facilitate conversation perfectly tailored to our specifications and needs.Then we hold un-communicated hurts and disappointments against them.We cling so desperately to the security that dating labels bring.
The Bible addresses the hardships that come with marrying a nonbeliever, so that's rather clear.Our families and friends were together for this important event.We gazed at each other as we said, "I do." I smile as I think of one of the most wonderful blessings that God has given me: the blessing of marriage.I had only been saved for a little while when the Lord dealt with me."Ellen, will you put your dating life on the altar?" This question haunted me for a little while, for I knew that He was asking me to trust Him with the question of marriage.