Submission Takes Courage

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In Beth Moore’s Esther study, she mentions that in Proverbs 31 where the wife is described as “noble,” it is from the same root word as that of “valor” when Gideon was told “You mighty man of valor (Judges 6:12) It is a call for COURAGE.  Both for the wife and Gideon.

At the time Gideon was declared a “mighty man of valor” (NKJV), Gideon was absolutely NOT being a mighty man of valor.  He was in a passing state of feeling defeated, disillusioned, discouraged, forsaken, far inadequate, inherently genetically weakest.  But he was labeled by what he would become after God would work in him AND very importantly, after Gideon obeyed God despite his feelings. God through His Word assured him of His presence and victory.  Gideon obeyed and saw God’s faithfulness.

So Gideon took ten men from among his servants and did as the Lord had said to him (Judges 6:27) before he succeeded in God’s task for him. (Judges 8:28)

A wife is called to courage in yielding to God’s power and will by submitting to own husband without giving way to fear. (1Pet 3:6) Ultimately, it is God’s call for submission to Himself in heaven but the training is through the authority He places over us here on earth.

“Wives, in the same way submit yourselves to your own husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to adorn themselves. They submitted themselves to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her lord. You are her daughters if you do what is right and DO NOT GIVE WAY TO FEAR.” 1 Peter 3:1-6 NIV

Submission to one’s husband is for the courageous in faith.

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