Trusting God More Than Statistics
Candice Watters has written an article that looks at a Barna poll that shows that there are more unmarried men than unmarried women who are identified as born again Christians. She conlcudes from this that “Never-married Christian women don’t outnumber never-married Christian men.” However as I said in a previous post, those who identify as born again Christians are not the same as those who actually are Christians. There is a general impression that there are more single women than men in churches and I have much greater confidence in that than the Barna statistic.
Fortunately as Watters says in her post, it doesn’t matter anyway if her conclusion is false. The way I wish to put it is that God is not bound by probability and if he desires for somebody to be married, then they will be married (and he will continue to be faithful in the meantime). This is a good illustration of one danger regarding statistics, that we might believe them more than we believe God. The probability of Gideon’s small army being sucessful against the Midianites was small, but Gideon believed God and God clearly brought about their defeat through him.
As Prov 16:33 says, The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD. If our odds look bad, whether those odds relate to our chances of marriage, or the probability of avoiding divorce, or the likelihood of illness or something else, remember that the outcome is from our good God and trust in Him.