I received an email through Global Media Outreach for which I’m an online missionary. It was from James, a 31-year-old man in an African country.
James wrote, “I have a very sad story. All my life I looked forward to marrying a virgin because I had kept myself pure and wanted to enter marriage right. But it didn’t happen that way. The girl I loved told me she had been sexually abused so she wasn’t a virgin. But I loved her and we married anyway. Now it is three years later and we have a one-year-old daughter. I feel as if I have been cheated. I am a victim. I’m always with a question that is unanswered, ‘Why am I different from other guys, so in my whole entire life I’ll never have a virgin. Why me, when I was looking forward to a day that will never come?’ I can’t think of anything else. I can’t keep it a secret any longer. I need to speak to someone. ~ James”
“Dear James, You do not have a problem. You are creating a problem. It’s time to get over yourself and thank God for your family. You might have married a virgin who turned out to be an unpleasant nag. God wants us to be content with what we have. You need to confess your sin of discontent.
“You do not have a sad story, James. Is she a good wife and mother? Thank God. Was your daughter born healthy? Thank God. Are you able to work? Thank God. You are blessed.
“God wants us to be thankful even for difficulties in our life, for it shows we are trusting Him. Trusting God is what the Christian life is all about! When you obey God, trust and thank Him for your situation, God will then supply you with peace that will protect and guard your mind and heart.
“James, I want you to thank God that you married a non-virgin. Praise God for what He gave you. Show God that You are trusting Him with your life. Honor and bless your wife because she is the wife God has given you. God will reward you.”
His response: “Okay I get the message. I’ll thank God, try to get over it and move on. Thank you.”
- …always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:20
- Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
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