The Role of a Woman in a Marriage Part 2
Now the Lord God said, “It is not good (beneficial) for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper [one who balances him—a counterpart who is suitable and complementary for him.”
Genesis 2:18 AMP
For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church. He is the Savior of his body, the church. As the church submits to Christ, so you wives should submit to your husbands in everything.
Ephesians 5:22-24 NLT
Today let's look at the original purpose in which the woman was created. When God made a woman, He made her as a helper to the man. She was to come alongside her husband Adam and help him to fulfill God's mandate. You do not see God making Eve and giving her a “special calling” or “special purpose” apart from Adam. She was created as his counterpart and helper. Sadly, women searching for their “special purpose” apart from their husbands, leads to major issues in the marriage. When God brings two people together, their calling from God is intertwined. In fact, a man can not fulfill his calling without the help of his helper. Life is much more beautiful and fulfilling when a man and a woman work together to accomplish the purpose of God. As a husband, never try to make your wife just like yourself. She is not meant to be like you. In fact, she is meant to carry what you don't have. Don't reject your wifes differences, embrace them. They are a key to your success.
There is no doubt that God's expectation of a wife is to submit, respect, and yield to the authority of her husband. This is undeniable in light of scripture. What is interesting is that the Bible not only commands the wife to submit to her husband, the Bible actually tells the wife how to submit to her husband. The Bible says, “submit to your husband as to the Lord.” This means you treat your husband's authority as the Lord's authority. When your husband gives instruction, as long as the request is not against the Bible, you should not treat it as optional. I know this is BOLD and hard to accept, but I will balance this point later on in this devotional. The word submit has been used abusively and many women have a hard time complying with this command, but it is a command from God nonetheless. You must understand that you do not submit to your husband because you are less than him or not capable. YOU ARE EXTREMELY CAPABLE! You submit to your husband in humility because it is what God has asked of you. Everything in society will tell you otherwise, but women, begin to Honor your husband and it will free him to be the leader that the Lord has called him to be.
Today: Women, pray this prayer: “Give me the grace to be a godly wife. Show me how to help my husband, I humble myself and submit to my husband. I will honor you Lord by honoring him.”