How often do you ask God questions? Not demanding answers, but simply to know him better?
I recently read The Story of With by Allen Arnold and was moved by a habit he describes. Before falling asleep each night, he asks God for his perspective on the day’s events. He wants to receive spiritual vision for the day’s events, and he desires God’s view on each matter.
The idea of humbly seeking God’s perspective on everyday life is incredible, yet it often seems like we limit the areas we believe God can be involved in—as though there’s a list of topics the church can and can’t discuss. High on that list is sex. Despite dominating our media and being leveraged to increase profits, we often feel uncomfortable about including God in that conversation.
I’m guessing there were a wide array of reactions to the announcement of our new series Better in Bed. Some felt awkward, excited, or concerned. Personally, my first thought was about how uncomfortable this was going to be for me as a single, young adult.
If we flip through the Bible, however, we see that God created sex, and he gives us guidelines. He wants to have a conversation on the subject and transform our thinking whether we’re single, married, old, or young. He wants us to desire his perspective on the matter regardless of our season of life and blesses those who obey his guidelines.
Those who love your instructions have great peace and do not stumble.
That psalm doesn’t give us the easy way out and say “those who love your instructions that are relevant to them” or “those who love your instructions that don’t mess with their comfort zone.” It’s simply about loving God’s instructions. Period.
Knowing God’s design for sex not only helps us to make better decisions and guide others to wiser choices, it also allows us to understand God better. When we know his order for the world, we learn more deeply about his character. And knowing him more personally is the ultimate goal. The apostle Paul encourages us this way:
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
My hope for you as we continue this series is that you’ll set aside the thoughts and feelings swirling around your mind about this subject matter. Be open to knowing your Creator and becoming like him as you seek his perspective. Whatever stage of life you’re in, God wants to speak to you. Are you listening?
Do you desire God’s perspective on every area of your life? Where do you need to surrender more to him? Are you listening to what God wants to teach you?
Take time to pray and ask God to reveal the areas of your life where you need his perspective. Consider implementing the habit of asking God to give you spiritual vision about the events of each day.
Dear Lord, please give me a heart that’s open to your perspective. Help me to set aside my own opinions and feelings as we learn about your design for sex. Allow me to know you better and become more like you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
This post was written by Sarah Pagel, a regular contributor and editor or the LivingitOut.
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