"God’s ideal is not for every person to be married. Consider Hosea, whom God told to wed a prostitute, Gomer—whom he knew would later leave Hosea for other men—to illustrate God’s one-sided love for Israel. Or Ezekiel, whom God told not to mourn when his wife died, which pictured Israel’s hardness of heart (Ezek. 24:17). Or especially Jesus Christ. The description of him in Isaiah evoked the curiosity of an Ethiopian eunuch when he read, “Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth” (Acts 8:33, citing Isaiah 53:8). Perhaps the eunuch identified with this One who left no biological legacy. Add to the list Miriam; Anna; John the Baptist; Mary, Martha, and Lazarus of Bethany; and Paul. All of these were single or single again, as far as we know. And all are presented to us in the pages of Scripture as believers desiring to walk with God."