Sunday, May 17th, 2015
Soldier's Orders (Part 39)
Women: Step Back
Then the Lord God said, 'It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.'
Genesis 2:18 (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, and God is the Head of Christ.
1 Corinthians 11:3 (NASB)
I hold the politically incorrect opinion that men should lead. Please keep in mind I was raised by a female freedom fighter. My mother, Millie Lewis, was not only a civil rights activist in South Carolina, but also a leading business woman before it was common.
I followed in her footsteps and expanded her work. But one day, I hit the limits of my own success. I discovered I was miserable. Pats on the back, checks in the bank, or things I could buy, became distractions from the Truth, Who is Jesus.
Once I found the Truth, I wanted to know more. So I studied His Book, because He is the Word (John 1:1). Increasingly, I gain priceless wisdom. Shining brightly among His gems is a pearl called submission.
Admittedly, it's uncomfortable. To deny myself, muzzle my mouth, and follow His lead are hard. But I try. Under God, the head of my house (and AMTC) is Adam, my son-in-law. Submitting to his gentle lead is submitting to God's perfect love (and Law).
Soon enough and like a pearl, discomfort becomes radiance: a glow special to women, a yoke far softer to wear, a load much lighter to bear.
Here's the way I see it: women are designed to be first responders of the heart. A baby's cry or a neighbor's need move us to urgent necessities. Men are designed to be first responders of the head. A business deal or a serpent's con move them to careful contemplations. Because sometimes, women trust too quickly. Eve did.
Yes, the Bible has heroines, like Sarah, Esther and Mary.* Like Deborah, the judge and Jael, the warrior.** God's women are wise, brave and strong. Yes, I believe sometimes ladies must lead. I did for awhile. Even so, according to our Designer, this order is the exception and not the rule.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Don't get me wrong. Women are vital players in God's media movement. They communicate His beauty like no other: 'The Lord gives the Command; The women who proclaim the good tidings are a great host' (Psalm 68:11).
Even so and when possible, I suggest you place your movements under the covering of a godly man: perhaps your husband, father or a leader you respect. If you humble yourself before them, you humble yourself before Him. Inevitably, exaltation will follow.***
To Be Continued...
* Sarah obeyed Abraham and Esther obeyed Mordecai, even when it was dangerously hard. Both become heroines and leaders of their people.
* Mary responded directly to God, rather than her father, proving that God's Orders supersede any person, male or female, king or judge: 'Then Mary said, 'Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to Your Word' ' (Luke 1:38).
** Story of Deborah, the judge and Jael, the assassin: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges%204&version=NKJV
*** Women without godly male leadership should pray and study God's Word all the more. Hearing directly from Him is urgently important. If you seek His guidance, He will surely give it. Whether physically or spiritually, forsaken women become God's widows: a group He especially loves and carefully nurtures. I was one, and He did exactly that.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Soldier's Orders series.