Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Woman As God Intended

Something I read in a Christian pastor's wife's blog recently hit me in the heart--first, because she saw nothing wrong in using an inappropriate word in describing a crockpot; and second, because it reminded me of how godly women were being ridiculed by the secular world in the 60's and 70's. If I read the blog correctly, now the traditional idea of "woman" is being looked down on in the younger Christian community. A wife submitting to her husband seems to be an archaic idea and not what God intended--even though the New Testament is clear on this. Submission to our husbands is God's idea because it reflects our spiritual submission to Christ. And when we willingly humble ourselves, God will lift us up.

A godly woman has a unique place in God's economy. Her sphere of influence holds sway most strongly in her home. Not because she rules the roost but because she gives so much to her family and their comfort, putting them first and providing for their needs. Her love, flowing out of God's love for her, reigns, and where godly love reigns, God's will is done because God is love. So a woman who is a child of God holds the greatest influence in her home through her love and service to her family. Her work outside the home has to be secondary to her responsibilities to her family and her home or else the balance and her identity is skewed.

God did not intend for Christians to live as the rest of the world lives--women striving for power in the workplace, for instance. We're reminded in His Word not to be conformed to this world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Putting God's will and way first will mean His blessing and goodness and provision in all we do, extending to work outside the home. Godly women will find they don't have to strive for power. They'll have God's favor. I believe that's how the Proverbs 31 woman lived and was able to accomplish all she did. God strengthened her and clothed her with dignity and power because she "looked to the ways of her household". And yes, if she'd had a crock pot back then, I believe she'd of learned how to use it because she was wise and knew the value of time. She'd of seen the crock pot as the blessing it is!

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