Biblical Submission

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For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear. 1 Peter 3:5-6

I love the fact that Peter uses Sarah as an inspired example of biblical submission. She was certainly no wallflower who waited on Abraham to call all the shots. She was one tough woman, who devised an ill-conceived family plan (Genesis 16:1-2), mistreated the accomplice (Genesis 16:6), laughed at God (Genesis 18:12), and finally ordered Abraham to get rid of Hagar and Ishmael by sending them off to wander in the desert (Genesis 21:9-10). That kind of behavior destroys the picture of a timid wife!

The example of Sarah shows us that submission in Scripture is not at all how the world portrays submission. In biblical submission, every wife is a "player" in the relationship. She is a resilient partner who contributes and participates in the mission and direction of the family. Her role is not simply appreciated; it is necessary for the health of the household.

Let's take note of other aspects of Sarah's actions. She didn't question when God told Abraham to leave his country and family and "go to the land I will show you." She held Abraham in high regard. Her misguided family plan came from a desire to see Abraham's legacy live on. She stuck with Abraham through good times and bad. She recognized Abraham as the leader of the family and served as a willing and vital partner.

Father, thank You for this inspired example of biblical submission. Raise up husbands and wives to carry your marriage message through the church, our country, and our world. In Jesus' name. Amen.