Thus I am always thrilled when a hero of calibre like Dr John Piper has something to say. He preached a sermon; "Single in Christ: A Name Better Than Sons and Daughters" at Bethlehem and it was vintage. He said;
"My main point is that God promises those of you who remain single in Christ blessings that are better than the blessings of marriage and children, and he calls you to display, by the Christ-exalting devotion of your singleness, the truths about Christ and his kingdom that shine more clearly through singleness than through marriage and childrearing".
"To say the main point more briefly: God promises spectacular blessings to those of you who remain single in Christ, and he gives you an extraordinary calling for your life. To be single in Christ is, therefore, not a falling short of God’s best, but a path of Christ-exalting, covenant-keeping obedience that many are called to walk".
So I guess it was quite understandable that someone (probably like me) wrote to him asking; "If what you say about the blessing of singleness is true, then why would one even want to be married?". In true biblical wisdom, Piper responded with the following letter: "Married or Single: For Better or Worse". I really appreciated much of what he had to say about marriage because it backed up a lot of what I have felt deeply. Namely that marriage is intended to: "To display his covenant keeping love between Christ and the church". This has particular bearing on the discussion about the meaning of the Song of Solomon. But Piper's wise conclusion to the question is excellent.
"Marriage may prove to be gloriously happy, or painfully disappointing. Singleness may prove to be gloriously satisfying or painfully disappointing. Only God knows which it will be for you".
Basically it all comes back to faith again. We shouldn't be panicking rushing around looking for the "right" partner, nor should we be rudely rebuffing the clear signs of attraction when it's plainly obvious. If we really do indeed call Jesus Christ our Lord then our marital status rests in His divine hands along with every other aspect of our lives. And what a comfort that is!