Do Not Settle
Psalms 27:14 “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be Brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord”
I know it can be quite difficult to see others entering into relationship when you desire companionship. I know it can be frustrating to wait and wait and wait and still not find any good potential mates. I know it can be overwhelming to look in the mirror every day and face loneliness, disappointment, and discouragement.
However, I want to tell you today that your relationship status doesn’t define you! Do not settle based on what you feel in this season of singleness. Instead, fight for sobriety and be encouraged! GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE!
In this context, the term “settling” means accepting or embracing a counterfeit as the real thing because of your inability to trust and wait on God. Now, I understand that the waiting process is not the most comfortable – and, for most, not the easiest – process to endure.
However, settling causes a ripple effect that will hit literally every area of your life. For example, here are eight consequences of settling:
- Wasted time and energy.
- Prolonged seasons of waiting.
- Higher chances of experiencing multiple broken hearts.
- Higher chances of involving yourself in soul-ties.
- Opening your life to regret.
- Opening your life to disobedience.
- Forfeiting your process by moving ahead of God’s timing for your life.
- Forfeiting God’s plan for your life.
The consequences above are not meant to scare you but to shine a light on the seriousness of settling in relationships. Settling doesn’t yield good results. I want to encourage you today by letting you know that if you are single and desire to be married, God has crafted a unique individual just for you.
God allows us (and I say “allow” because it truly is a privilege – He knows best) to wait so that we are prepared for His promises, so that we can steward well His promises, and so that we can honor His promises. Never think of waiting as a punishment; consider it a joy!
If you wait on God’s timing, allow Him to affirm your season, and truly submit your heart to His will. There is always a reward. Therefore, be encouraged, as it is better to wait than to settle.