Yet that isn’t the way it always works. Countless numbers read Ephesians 5 and 1 Peter 3 in every ladies’ Bible class, and still do not recognize their own failures as wives. We have brainwashed ourselves into believing that because we can quote these pet scriptures, are willing to say, “My husband is the head of the house,” and at least follow the norm in the church, we are good wives. No wonder we find it so easy! Paul warned the Corinthians about using something other than the scriptures to measure their righteousness (2 Cor, 10:12). One can always find someone worse than she, if she looks low enough.
James and John both teach that saying and doing are two entirely different things (James 2:18,20; 1 John 2:4; 3:18). The same women who quote scripture will ridicule their husbands to others, even in their presence, try to deceive them and think nothing of it, and make pronouncements about what those men will and will not do “in my house.” The friends and neighbors who see us everyday, as opposed to we who blind ourselves to our behavior, may have an entirely different opinion about who runs our homes, and the state of our marriage.
We cannot be Christians without accepting the New Testament as our guide for living, and Ephesians 5, Colossians 3, and 1 Peter 3 are rich passages for us to turn to. But if we do not know how to apply them, their benefit is lost. Rom 15:4 gives the Christian the authority to search out the Old Testament for other clues to what God meant a wife to be. She will find there many simple metaphors that will give her both a broader perspective and a deeper insight into the job she has before her. It is a few of these passages we will look at in this study.
I hope you will join me every Monday for the next few weeks as we search the scriptures for these clues to being a godly wife.
Whoso findeth a wife, findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of Jehovah, Prov 18:22.