What About a Single Woman?

With the discussion about wives and mothers a question was asked about single women and their place in Scripture.

That is a good question and below are several women that the Lord used to further His purposes. There are many more this is just a sampling. Some where later married and some were not.

~ The first that comes to mind is Miriam, Moses sister, evidence seems to be that she was unmarried. It would make sense because just think all the male children were being killed by Pharaoh. Miriam served the Lord and praised the Lord. Exodus 2, Exodus 15:20

~ Rahab, was a harlot in Jericho, whom the Lord used to aid the Israelites. She later was blessed to marry and have a child who was in the linage of Christ. Joshua 2, Joshua 6

~ Next I think of Ruth, who although a widow and childless, served the Lord by serving and caring for her widowed and depressed MIL Naomi, but the Lord blessed Ruth to later be married and to have a child who was in the linage of Jesus. Book of Ruth

Let’s jump to the NT.

~ Anna, at the temple, she was a long time widow that served the God in the Temple. She was quite revered by God by being allowed to see the Baby Jesus and know Him for who He truly was. Luke 2:36

~ Mary Magdalene was saved from a sinful life and she devoted herself to serving the Lord during His life here on earth. We do not know beyond that if she ever married or not. Matthew 27:55

~ Lydia, the seller of purple cloth, has no mention of a husband but she used her wealth in her business for aiding the missionaries and serving the Lord. Acts 16:14

~ There was also Mary and Martha that since they lived with their brother Lazarus would indicate at least then, they were not married yet they served the Lord and provide a place of peace and rest for Him. Luke 10: 38

~ Tabitha was raised from the dead so that she could continue to serve the Lord by caring for the widows. Acts 9:36

~ Many, many times there is the mention of a woman’s name in the Apostles’ letters to the church. Read through them and see. Some may have had unbelieving husbands but probably only a few because an unbelieving husband would have hindered the wife’s serving of the Lord. The only husband and wife team I can think of is Aquila and Priscilla who are mentioned many times. Acts 18:2

So be encouraged that because you are not married does not make you a second-class citizen in God’s Book. He may or may not decide to bring you a husband but no matter what, serve the Lord with all your heart and He will direct your paths. You are in a sense freer than a wife is or mother would be to serve the Lord.

1 Corinthians 7:34 And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. ESV

Proverbs 29:13 The rod and reproof give wisdom, but a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. ESV

So serve the Lord with all your heart undivided by a husband or children until the Lord shows you His will in this area.

Whether or not you should marry or even have children is dependant on the Lord’s will. All He does is in order to bring Glory to Himself and to conform you to His image. If He has not blessed you with a husband or children you can be sure that it is in your own best interest for the time being.

Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. ESV


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