“In the same way, you wives must accept the authority of your husbands. Then, even if some refuse to obey the Good News, your godly lives will speak to them without any words. They will be won over by observing your pure and reverent lives.” 1 Peter 3:1-2 NLT
God has designed and created the structure of life. It is He who placed man and woman on the earth. In fact, Genesis 2:7 declares that God made man from the very dust of this earth. Man was made from the earth to rule over the earth (see Genesis 1:26-28). In this world, God placed an infrastructure of order. Take a moment to simply read the first chapter of Genesis and you will clearly see the meticulous order that God used, and placed, in creation. There is no way to understand and live this life apart from God's order. He is the Owner. He didn't have to place a copyright on the songs the birds sing. He's the Owner! He didn't have to leave a laundry mark in the corner of a meadow. He is the Owner! He didn't have to stamp His name on the side of the mountains. He is the Owner! He didn't have to put a brand on the cattle of a thousand hills. He is the Owner! No one else can claim the created rights to anything in creation. Only Jesus can. He is the Owner!!! Since He is the Owner, doesn't it behoove us to obey His instructions that He has given us in the Owner's Manual called The Word Of God, the Bible? Our sinful nature, since the fall in Genesis 3, is rebellious to the things of God. We are corrupt and need cleansing and correction. Only Jesus and His Word can set things order. It is utterly foolish for us, the created, to even suggest that God is wrong and that our way is better. This applies to everything in life, including the role of men and women in marriage and family. Listen up men!! God has given you the highest responsibility in life. You are to reflect His image in your personal conduct and in your oversight of Eden and Eve. You have been placed in authority to enact God's will and way in this world. If you aren't right with God, you can't properly understand this role and you can't properly put it into practice. Listen up ladies!! God has created you specifically and uniquely. You are distinctly different, yet strikingly compatible to man. Any man, in his proper mind, is glad you are different. You were made from the man and as a helper for man (see Genesis 2). You have a vital role to play in the proper function of society as well. When we (men and women) disobey God's established order of creation, we self destruct. This is what is happening all around us. We think we have "learned" better than the "old fashioned" "outdated" book called the Bible. Shame on us for being so arrogant! We need to repent of our rebellion and return to the specifications laid out for us in God's Word!!! Whether we are a man or woman, are we willing to accept God's role for us and His instructions to us? Each of us are vital and necessary. God has perfectly placed each of us, men and women, in our roles. Let's pray today to properly understand them and implement them in our homes and lives. We most desperately need it. In the next few days, we will be looking at this subject more specifically. I pray God will help us get it Biblically correct.
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Rev. Curtis Norris