Today’s Scripture: But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife. 1¬†Corinthians¬†7:32-33

Ida had no shortage of suitors. Beautiful, athletic and intelligent, she could have had almost anyone she wanted. But Ida never married. Being the daughter of a missionary couple to India, Ida developed a heart for the people and desired to better learn how to help them. She journeyed to the states to gain a medical degree and returned to India as a doctor with a focus on helping the women of India both medically and spiritually. In her singleness, she touched countless lives and accomplished amazing achievements in the name of the Lord.

So often, believers feel that if they are single, they are less important or spiritually mature than those who are married. Although marriage is a wonderful union created by the Lord, it does not make you complete; you are already complete in God. One is a whole number; as a single person you are not a half. In fact, the Lord is able to use you just as much (if not more) because rather than being torn between serving the Lord and a mate, your focus is completely on serving Him. Like Ida, some of our greatest missionaries were single men or women who never married.

Friend, don’t be discouraged when it seems like all your friends have someone. The Lord knows exactly what He is doing with you, and He has a plan. He may have you single for a while because of what you can accomplish for Him during that time. Use that time as best you can for His glory. Whether you are married or single, His plan for you is perfect. No matter what your situation, strive to serve Him with everything within you.

Remember, with God, there is strength in the power of one.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder