Being a Godly Woman
My husband and I joke sometimes, about how long the line will be in heaven to ask Adam and Eve, “Why did you do it?“ I’m sure every believer wonders about that at some time or another. However, if Adam and Eve hadn’t been disobedient, someone else certainly would have, and we’d still live in a fallen world today no matter who sinned first.Sometimes when I am challenged by unbelievers as to why God allows horrible things to happen in the world, I say, “Oh He could fix it easily. All He would have to do is take away everyone’s free will.” I’m not trying to be facetious with this answer, I’m just trying to point out that the world’s problems aren’t God’s fault, they are the result of our sinful choices. The question for us as Christians, is not how can we fix the consequences of sin, but how do we live in spite of them. How do we live in a sinful world, without participating in sin. How do we live our lives according to God’s will, His plan for us as individuals and as a people. For anyone who tries to do this, we know it isn’t easy. Mankind seems to have lost the way.When we come to Christ, we are given a new beginning. Not that our individual world’s change much, but we change, and with that change is an opportunity to live our lives differently, to live them according to the plan God has for us. Not that we automatically stop wanting to sin, but in Christ, we now have the freedom to choose to not sin.This isn’t easy for a couple of reasons. Firstly we still have the flesh to deal with, which constantly squawks to have it’s own way, but also the world pressures us with it’s own definitions of who women are and what we are supposed to do. All of this is in opposition to the Word of God.So how can we be godly women? I think it’s important to study passages such as Titus 2:3-5, but I also think it is helpful to take a look at some of the women of the Bible.Not everyone in the Bible is an example of godly living, but one in particular has become my heroine, the Proverbs 31 Woman. I want to take a look at this passage of scripture, in hopes that we can see a role model for today’s Christian woman as well. I’ll begin with that next time.