Dear Friends of "Dial Daily Bread":
Someone unknown to us writes asking us to pray that God will send “THE man into [her] life” that God has called to be a father to her baby. She quotes extensively from Steps to Christ, and we can only pray that the Lord in His mercy and grace will help her to believe its message and save her from making a tragic mistake now.
God has promised to write His holy law in our human hearts; that law says “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” and the prohibition includes the sin of fornication.
When we believe the Preamble to the Ten Commandments which says that the LORD has “brought us out of the land of , out of the house of bondage, “ the apparently stern Ten Commandments become ten precious promises (cf. Ex. 20:2, 12). That Preamble is the statement of the Lord’s forgiving gift of justification (cf. Rom. 3:21-26; 5:15-18).
Any mother anywhere in the world needs the LORD God to be with her, to guide her in raising her baby, whether she is married to a man or not, and whoever that “man” may be. Even if he is the best man in the world, she needs to be guided by the Lord; and if she has no husband, she still must “know the Lord,” and she can know Him.
Here’s what it means to “know” Him (the wisdom is in Jeremiah 9:23, 24):
(1) “Let not the wise person (the masculine pronoun is not in the Hebrew) glory in his [her] wisdom,
(2) let not the mighty person glory in his [her] might,
(3) let not the rich person glory in his/her riches,
(4) But let him [or her] who glories glory in this, that he [she] understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
(5) For in these I delight, says the LORD.”
A single mother who “knows” this by faith, believing this truth about the love, forgiveness and goodness of the LORD, will know His blessing in raising her child.
“Any man,” whoever, can be a very poor substitute for the LORD. But the Lord gives Himself to anyone who seeks Him in faith.
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