Back in the day, Steve used to dip Copenhagen. Yuck! Usually, there was a spit cup or can sitting around somewhere, just waiting to be spilled or accidentally drank from. One day, young Tuck had a friend over, and the unimaginable happened.
I was rushing to get supper ready, as usual. I think Tucker was around six at the time. Anyway, his friend Mikey kept running in the kitchen asking for a drink. “Give me five minutes and dinner will be ready.” I said. Being that it was quite obvious he wasn’t about to kill over from dehydration, I thought five minutes was reasonable. Apparently not to young Mikey!
He saw the coke can sitting on the table and decided to help himself. He snuck it into the hall, I can just imagine what he was thinking. “I’ll show them! I’m thirsty NOW! MMM! And boy, do I love coke!” He took a gigantic gulp. You guessed it, it was Steve’s spit can! He came running into the kitchen gagging, and spitting. I felt sorry for him, but couldn’t help but laugh. Sometimes it pays to wait!
Waiting is never fun is it? We live in a world with an ‘I want it now’ mentality. However, God often requires us to wait. Waiting sux, in my opinion, but there’s always a good reason. One really important example in which God asks us to wait, is not having sex before marriage.
In today’s world, that’s a tough one. Everything around us tells us it’s ok. The world says you don’t need to be married, you just need to ‘love’ that person. The world would have you believe that you deserve to have your needs met. What a lie straight from the enemy! Sex and our bodies are precious to God. They’re not meant to be given away freely. They’re meant to be cherished. They’re meant to be treated like a treasure for that one, special person.
I’m speaking to you from hindsight. I’d give anything to have waited. Every time you have sex with a person, you give a part of yourself to them. A part you’ll never get back, and with each relationship, it becomes more difficult to bond.
How awesome would it be, on your wedding night, to be able to give that unopened gift to your spouse? No comparisons. No images in the back of your head of someone else. Just you and the one you truly love.
Some of you reading this may have already made a mistake, or maybe you’ve made lots of mistakes. That’s ok! It’s never too late to do what’s right. God honors us when we turn to Him.
If you’re single, ask God to help you avoid putting yourself in situations where you might mess up. If your married and didn’t wait, ask God to help you be the Godly husband or wife He would have you be. Ask Him to help you to view sex the way He does, as a precious gift, not vulgar, the way the world views it.
A lot of times in our lives, we want something right now. We give up something great and settle for mediocre just to feel good for a little while. This not only applies to sex, it applies to any situation in which God is asking you to wait. Be still and know that He is God! He won’t leave you feeling empty! He’s really all you need! When we forget that, often times, like young Mikey found out, instant gratification leaves you with a sick feeling.
So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of his will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better.
We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy,always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. Colossians 1:9-12
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4