Trust in dating relationships
As you can see, the second romantic scenario contains far more substance than the first.
I recently saw a video about Iraqi believers receiving the Bible in their own language for the first time.
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One woman equated receiving the Bibles to an Iraqi saying that went something like this: "I thought that when I saw my beloved, I would experience the greatest happiness possible.
But now that he is here with me, that happiness is exceeded." It's a beautiful picture of romance and so very powerful when you consider this woman's joy at receiving God's Word. While it's important to guard against worldly, unrealistic standards of romance (Do you think those Seattle doctors are seriously happy anyway?
Consider the following question: Is God interested in romance, or did He create marriage as a pragmatic arrangement? There are some stories in the Bible that seem to hint at God's romantic nature. Abraham sends his servant to retrieve a wife for his son. And: Song of Solomon offers a blush-worthy description of physical attraction. And it's pretty romantic when King David intentionally seeks out the virtuous Abigail after her husband has died. The very scenario of Him sending His Son to be our sacrifice and ultimately our bridegroom speaks of His romantic nature.
And through a strange turn of events (which involves an extensive camel-watering episode), God leads the servant to Rebekah. Why is it then, that the longer I wait, the more inclined I am to believe I must leave romance out of the mix?
Not only did God see Adam's need; He responded to it in a specific way. It's true that we don't know if "helper suitable for him" was simply talking about Eve's complementary attributes as a woman.
In the fall of 2007, I wrote a series for the Boundless blog about trusting God with relationships.