Over the last few weeks my preparation for teaching has led me to the truths behind genders and the roles that they play in marriage. Last week on Wednesday night we discussed the role of women in marriage and in society. We focused on two texts and then sought out the meaning for them both, but I want to focus on Proverbs 31:10-31. There seems to be tension in some ladies (and men) that if ladies are going to be committed to Christ then you have to be lesser than men. While this idea is contrary to God’s Word, we have somehow communicated this idea to our young women–by perceived beliefs which have been pushed upon us from the culture or the lack of robust teaching on this topic in our churches or possibly both.
So how can we as Christians do a better job of equipping and freeing ladies to be who Christ has made them to be?
If you have a few minutes, stop and read this passage out of Proverbs and it will give better insight into these thoughts.
Allow me to share a few of the thoughts I found which are communicated in this text.
- This woman is legit!! There is nothing that is weak about her. She has value and strength that is unmatched.
- She is a leader in business (vs 16 & 18). She is savvy in buying and selling. She buys land and sells items for profit.
- She takes care of herself (vs 17). I love that the writer says that she is dressed in strength and makes her arms strong. She isn’t depending on men to better her.
- She’s smart and others know it (vs 26). Wisdom is something that she is well acquainted with.
These are just a few of the truths which are taught in the scriptures about women who fear and love the Lord.
Today in our culture there are two popular movements which are focused on giving power and respect to women as well as ending the objectifying of them in all areas of life. They are #MeToo & #TimesUp. These movements are challenging many of our perceived notions about women and their value and roles in society. I love the fact that these movements focus on the fact that women are not weaker in the sense that many view them and they also legitimize women’s value as equals to be respected. These thoughts have pushed me back to the scriptures to see that God has designed women this way from the beginning. It was His design and gifting in their lives which has led them to the place where these gifts can shine. I don’t believe that it’s an accident that God’s design and the desire of many are closer together than we may have thought.
It’s my hope that in the church we will embrace this idea and encourage and equip young ladies to live out these God given passions and gifts to advance His mission and promote His design.