Even when Satan is working, God has a greater purpose for it all. Satan can never thwart what God wills. If you are submitting to God, he will even take what Satan is doing and turn it for your good (Genesis 50:20).
Thus, even if the devil really is trying to hide you from your future husband, God can use these attacks to actually reveal you to your future husband. But you have to follow God if you want his protections and providence working for you (Romans 8:28, James 4:7).
With that said, here are 3 signs Satan is trying to hide you from your future husband.
1. Satan Is Trying to Hide You from Your Future Husband If You’ve Been Taught Unbiblical Teachings About Relationships That Are Leading to Bad Decisions About Relationships
Christianity always works from the inside out. Though Jesus is our moral example to follow, he is not just that. He did not come just to tell us what to do. Rather, he came to change our hearts. Ezekiel 36:26-27 states:
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.”
When our hearts are made new and the Spirit of the living God dwells within us, it actually changes the way we behave. Most unbiblical teaching goes wrong right here. Instead of starting with the human heart, it starts with human behavior, “Do this, do that, and then God will do this or that for you.” The Bible, however, says God has already blessed the Christian fully and thus the Christian must now live differently (Galatians 5:1, Romans 12:1).
This truth applies to relationships as well. Satan will use unbiblical teachings to tempt you into believing everything depends on you, “You must be perfect. You must find the perfect man. You must try harder. You must pray more. You must be doing something wrong if God has not given you what you want.”
Stop. God is God. He is the one who produces his will, “[My word] will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). If you fall into a works mentality when it comes to relationships, you will either try too hard and make mistakes or you will put so much pressure on yourself you won’t try anything at all because you will be paralyzed with fear.
Yes, God does require you to participate in meeting the man he has for you. But Satan will try to hide you from this man by tempting you to believe it all depends on you rather than on God.
2. Satan Is Trying to Hide You from Your Future Husband If You Are Attached to a Man Who Is Not Your Future Husband
Before you can fill your hands with the blessings the Lord wants to give you, you have to let go of everything false you’ve been holding onto. Jesus said, “And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life” (Matthew 19:29). Satan knows the Scriptures too; he knows what God wants people to do so he can tempt them to the opposite. Thus, to keep people from God’s blessings, the devil tempts people to hold onto their lives rather than giving them up for Christ.
Likewise, to keep you from the right man God wants to give you, Satan will tempt you with the wrong guys. By saying yes to a worldly man, you are simultaneously saying no to a godly man.
3. Satan Is Trying to Hide You from Your Future Husband If He’s Tricked You Into Believing God Wants You to Be Single Forever
God does call some people to be single forever (1 Corinthians 7:7). However, a biblical call to singleness will be marked by a healthy desire, namely so this person can serve Christ (1 Corinthians 7:32-35). If you lack a biblical justification to pursue singleness and you wish you could be married one day, you should assume God wants you to pursue marriage when the time is right. (Related Article: 5 Bible Verses that Mean God Has Called You to Marriage)
In other words, if you are wounded from a past relationships, scared to interact with the opposite sex, or you believe God is punishing you for past mistakes, these are not biblical reasons to intentionally pursue singleness.
God has called most Christians to pursue marriage (1 Corinthians 7:1-2, Genesis 1:28). If God has called you to marriage, Satan will try to keep you from this blessing by tempting you to believe the lie that God wants you single.
If you need healing, if you are scared to interact with the opposite sex, if you’ve made mistakes in the past that are negatively affecting your relationships now – God’s grace is sufficient (Romans 5:20). There’s work to be done, but don’t think marriage is impossible for you. That is Satan talking, not God.