Aunt Vic on Submission

WomanA totally busy week for us, here, and a lovely set of guest posts from an old friend. Welcome Auntie Vic and enjoy her wisdom.

Isaiah 50:7 Because the Sovereign LORD helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.

2 Corinthians 5:16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.

Hebrews 12:2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hi, I want to talk about wifely submission all week long. There is not enough written about that topic, so I want to jump right in. Grab your hat and let’s go.

Submission is not fun. It grates on the nerves. It forces a frown and a teary eye.

Nobody likes it, not even men, because rebellion is so much more satisfying.

Even Jesus did not really enjoy submission, they say. Yet, He had to do it. As we all do.

Nevertheless, if we wives only obeyed when it was fun, we would not truly be obeying. The wife in such cases would be doing only whatever she wanted and occasionally she would look obedient because what she wanted happened to coincide with what her husband wanted.

Therefore, submission matters most when we do not want to do the thing before us.

Submission is not hard, though. It is only impossible, without God’s strength. The woman who is not committed to obeying God explicitly about submission is weak, and if she will not go to God for the strength to submit, she will fail. Our not going to God for the strength to submit is the main cause of our failures in this department.

Why do we not want to obey?

  • Sometimes we think a decision is wrong or we know better.
  • Sometimes we think that to obey would be unpleasant.
  • Sometimes we have conflicting desires.

Actually, though, when two people live and work inside the same building, they will disagree. This would lead to chaos if there were no protocol in a business. Same if God had not given us a predetermined protocol for leading and submitting within marriage. Do you know anyone living within that type of chaos? Boy, I sure do!

More tomorrow. Love, Aunt Vic

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