What is submission? Some women see this as the man walking all over a woman, the woman has to do what the man says, the woman has no say in anything whatsoever. Neither of these views are true. I used to think this way as well until I got married and found out God’s definition of submission and what He meant for and by submission.
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As children of God we are to submit, surrender, yield our will to God. He knows the plans He has for us (Jeremiah 29:11). He knows everything there is to know about us even before we were born (Psalm 139). He’s greater and can do far more than we ever could in our fallible humanness.
Here’s what I’ve learned about submission. Maybe this will help to change your view:
Submission is for our protection, period. When we submit to God, it means we’re in His will and are protected, yes protected. Submitting to God shows that you trust Him with your life. Not saying that this will be or is easy, not saying that what He tells you to do will always make you happy but it’s for protection. We have to remember the advantage that God has; He’s omnipotent and omnipresent. He knows all and sees all. So when He says yes to something, I look at it as everything’s all clear. If He says no, or there’s a delay I look at it as if He’s working some things out on my behalf, hence Romans 8:28.
Submission in marriage, same thing, protection but also peace. In marriage, God has set an order: God, Husband, Wife, Children, everything else. When the woman tries to take over or lead, hence being out-of-order, things get crazy and it goes against the order that God has set. By me submitting to my husband, it means that I am trusting God’s order and His design for marriage. I may not always agree with the decisions my husband makes but I have to trust that my husband and God have been communicating and when hubby makes the final decision then he’s heard from God and that’s that. Which is why, single ladies, you need to have a man who knows God, trusts God, hears and submits to God. If not, there’s no telling where this man may lead you and your family! Submitting to my husband even when I think he’s wrong is me submitting to God, my husband is head. If my husband makes a decision that isn’t what God wanted I still have to have complete trust in knowing that God will not let us fall, He knows we’re not perfect and that He has our backs. By me obeying God and submitting to my husband, I’m protected and at peace.
Flowing in God’s order and submitting to Him gives us peace. We’ve done our part by entrusting our lives to Him, He takes care of the rest. Submission, in its divine purpose, brings peace and protection. It’s God’s way of saying, I love you and want to protect you, stay close to me, abide in me. You can’t get better protection than that!
Be blessed & encouraged,