When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.
For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.
How many good men have been brought down by a bad woman? Samson by Delilah? Solomon by his pagan wives? How many good men have been brought down by a good woman with a bad idea? Adam by Eve? Abraham by Sarah? How many men have refused a beautiful temptress? Too few. Joseph is one.
By God's design, women nurture. We're programmed to help our husbands, families and those around us. Surely, it's a godly calling. It focuses on the new Commandment of the New Covenant: 'Love one another, even as I have loved you that you also love one another' (John 13:34).
Jesus loved us with the ultimate Self-sacrifice. I have seen countless women sacrifice themselves continually; they are indefatigable--working harder than it seems possible to work.
In balance, men must focus on the first and greatest Commandment: 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind' (Matthew 22:37). They must lead their households, including its women, in the Light of this prime Directive.
21st century women of God: Unless God has called you to a unique position (biblically precedented, but not common), submit to the men God has appointed to lead you. I realize I am no longer politically correct. My mother and I were spunky leaders of equal rights in all regards--including for ourselves. I now believe differently, and the roles we're assigned to play by God are crucial.
21st century men of God: Don't be persuaded by the women in your life... unless you pray it out first. Surely, excellent women have excellent ideas, but not all of them are. Your leadership responsibility is to take all seemingly good suggestions to your own Leader--before implementing them. That's God's chain of command. Without His confirmation, female persuasion is a pitfall to be avoided.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Christian Pitfalls series.