“I want you to be free from the concerns of this life. An unmarried man can spend his time doing the Lord’s work and thinking how to please him. But a married man has to think about his earthly responsibilities and how to please his wife. His interests are divided. In the same way, a woman who is no longer married or has never been married can be devoted to the Lord and holy in body and in spirit. But a married woman has to think about her earthly responsibilities and how to please her husband. I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.” 1 Corinthians 7:32-35
One thing about Paul’s writings, they are practical. Here Paul is looking at the practical side of marriage and serving the Lord. Paul is telling us that we can serve the Lord better when we don’t have the concerns of life to worry about. We can devote more time to serving God if we don’t have a wife and children that we need to worry about. I know that this is true, but in my case, I don’t believe that I could serve the Lord as well if I did not have my wife as my partner. She has been my partner for fifty-three years. I have no doubt that God put us together. I can look back at my life and see that God has been leading us to this point in our lives. “Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.” (Isaiah 30:21) No matter if we are married or not, we must allow the Lord to lead us in the right way.