Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, August 15th, 2020
Judgment: Overbearing Wives
It is better to live in a corner of the roof than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
Proverbs 25:24 (NASB)
The wife must see to it that she respects her husband.
Ephesians 5:33 (NASB)
Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman.
1 Corinthians 11:3 (NASB)
As a girl, I was notably strong-willed. My parents worked and were seldom at home, so I made my own rules. I was the boss.

Later, I became a bossy young wife. Was I contentious? Certainly sometimes. Why? I thought I was right and my ex was wrong.

Looking back, I could plead my ignorance, (I didn't know Jesus or the Bible.)

Looking forward, more wives are now bosses of companies, families and husbands.* My early political correctness... is far from correct according to God.

Humility is my aspiration. I've still not achieved this elegant goal, but I'm getting closer to my Model.

Actors, models and talent for Christ: Applause is highly overrated, especially for worldly customs. Like the modern cultural standard of commanding, overbearing wives, who lead their men on verbal leashes. But when husbands follow their wive's lead, God's good order is turned right-side down.

One result? Men may seek their freedom and families are torn asunder.

One solution? Men, be gentle, wife-loving leaders. Wives, be respectful and follow them.

One sure victory? Stay in God's Word.

## Judgment: Overbearing Wives (Part 30)

* The Bible gives examples of lady bosses, like Deborah, the valiant judge and prophetess of Israel. Even the Proverbs 31 wife was a successful business woman, but both still honored their husbands and the leading men in their days.

I fully understand how women can be called to lead, even how they can be forced to lead by circumstances beyond their control. I believe strong women should be praised. Even so, strength is proven in submission. While Jesus demonstrated this principle throughout His 33 years on earth, I'm still working to learn it. I believe both male and female leaders should stay in submission to God, Who will surely guide, protect and provide for them... when asked and respected.

* Jewish recounting of the story of Deborah:

NOTE: This is a republished edit of a 2016 devotion series, 'Judgment.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Every disciple in every field performs for Christ. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players.' Mostly true. But you're not 'merely players.' You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Judgment 2020 series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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