Re: Does God really give us EXACTLY what we ask for...
I am 45 and single. Never been married. If God offered me today to have all my dreams come true that I had as a young man, but require for me to give up the things he has worked in me as a result of the long desert road He took me down, I would say no. God has a way of making us fruitful beyond our wildest dreams. I still desire to be married and believe that I will be one day and that I will have children. But what the Lord has given me of Himself is worth much! Perhaps he could have done so if I had married. I don't know. But I do know that He is a Treasure.
Also, keep in mind, it is the Lord's opinion that it is not good for man to be alone. (We can talk about that too if you want to talk about some practical things.) Unless one is gifted to be single, being married is the God's preferred plan.
Know this, above all, the Lord God can be trusted with our deepest dreams and desires. He knows our needs and our wants better than we do. If he grants a wife early, praise the Lord. If he grants a wife later, praise the Lord.
One last thought, and it's a funny one (but not really when examined closely). "Better to be single wishing you were married than married wishing you were single."
"May the Lamb that was slain receive the just reward for His sufferings." A quote by Moravian missionary that sold himself (along with a friend) into slavery to reach those that the slave owner prevented from hearing the gospel.
May I live for Him and not for me.