Psalm 79:1,13 (NAS)
O God, the nations have invaded Your inheritance; They have defiled Your holy temple;
They have laid Jerusalem in ruins. So we Your people and the sheep of Your pasture will give thanks to You forever; To all generations we will tell of Your praise.
We are reminded in this Psalm that it is good for us to express concern and even anguish over the sin in our society. We also are to anticipate with praise the action God will take. What a blessing to be called His sheep. He will restore His reputation and bring destruction.
O worship the King, all glorious above, And gratefully sing His pow’r and His love; Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of days, Pavilioned in splendor and girded with praise. (Robert Grant.)
The evidence is out; we have embraced the lies of the feminist mind to fight for equality. Yet, a brief study of God’s Word reveals we are already equal. God proclaims this loud and clear. He also is very clear that wives are not carpets to be trampled upon. So what’s the problem? It began with the first woman when societal pressure moved her to take what was advertised as good.
It is a choice to obey God in our marriage. There is no fight for equality. When we ask Christ to be our Lord and Savior, we choose to: 1) Give up our right to ourselves (a scary thought). 2) Take up the cross (which means suffering). 3) Follow (a daily obedience). Once we understand this as a wife and choose to be congruent on the outside with what we say we believe on the inside, then we will apply God’s Word directly to our marriage and our husband. WOW, what freedom! Feminists create scenarios that infer we have no choice, that husbands dictate how wives should think and act. This is so far from truth. It is the Truth that sets us free. Freedom is found in obedience.
Our husband’s role is much more demanding than ours. He is to love us as Christ loves the church. (We are not always easy to love.) We just have to “fit into his ways.” Because our husband is not obedient in showing this kind of love, we tend to believe we don’t have to be obedient in our fitting. Oh, we must remember we each give an account before God for “our part.” We can grieve for our husbands as this Psalm has described grief for our society. We must pray for them that God Himself will teach them His ways. So freeing! God’s ways are much better than ours, but because we don’t see the effects immediately, we think He forgot and we must help Him. May it never be!
I ask myself:
- In what ways am I not easy to love? (Psalm 139:23,24)
- Do I focus on his strengths in showing his desire to lead?
- Do I focus on doing my part and allow God to grow him to do his part?
Marriage is “Joy unspeakable and full of glory.”
Nahum 1:7 God is good!