Morning Devotions: 1 Peter 3:1-22

Continuing with the idea of the Almighty being our Refuge (from this week’s Psalm 11), you may wonder why I chose a passage that is famous for the instruction, “wives be submissive to your own husband”. There is so much more to this passage then that statement, but just in case you stumble on this statement, let me cover it before I move on.

Submission is not the curse.

Submission is not the curse, it is a source of protection for wives. The Greek word that we translate “submission” is a military term. It means “to line up under”. I do not come from a military family so I will refrain from using the terms common to armies. My Father was in the Air Force. He was not a pilot because he must wear glasses, but he was a flight engineer. I’m really not sure what that means, except that he was not the pilot. What I do know is that his job was crucial or he would not have been given a seat in the cockpit. His job was not to fly the plane, but to give the pilot vital information so that he could do his job. He was in “submission” to the pilot. The Pilot was responsible for the lives of those on board the plane, but he was in submission to the men who made the decisions for where the planes were sent (see how little I know?).

August 8, 2015 wedding (12)In the same way, wives have an important calling to their husbands. We provide information and attitude (such as a meek and quiet spirit) to keep our husbands confident and battle ready. We also put on the full armor of the Almighty, just like our husband does, we pray, we hear from the Almighty and act on that information, just like our husband does, but as long as our husband lives, we generally are not responsible for making our own decisions on where the plane goes or how to land it.  Wives provide vital flight information but he is the one who sticks to the flight plan.
Please note, I am speaking of normal marriage, not abusive relationships! You do not fight for the enemy. Your abusive husband is not the enemy, but if he is captive to the enemy, even if he is a good church going man, consider an exit strategy. If your boyfriend is the abusive one, then why are you even thinking about staying? GET OUT, GET PROTECTION! Do not be deceived… it is not sin to leave. There is a HUGE difference between hidden hurt feelings and hiding bruises.

This same passage talks about husbands. They are to live with their wife as someone who is weaker. Too many men stop at that phrase. I have this to say about that… “Weaker” is a comparative word. The husband is weak, the wife is weaker. The Almighty delights in working with those that do not seem strong enough to do the job. He gives supernatural strength to the weak, men and women.

1 Corinthians 1:27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, nasu

The last thing I want to say here about husbands and wives; most of you are students. You may think that this passage does not apply to you, it does. You may well have a spouse one day. Your duty is to be this person who prays for, protects and stays pure for your spouse even before you meet them. Enough said.

Finally, these are frightening times that we live in. But Y’shua (Jesus) is our refuge. The Almighty loves the Righteous (Psalm 11:7) but the slaves of the evil one hates the Righteous BECAUSE he hates our Lord (John 15:18). Nothing we do can change that. The wicked one will send his army out to destroy the righteous, most of us will not see it coming. But stand firm beloved! You have a refuge in the Almighty. Peter tells us how to stay in that refuge instead of stepping out into the storm of the enemies fire-darts.

But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. Is 8:12bAND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame. For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong. For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit; in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison

What is Peter saying? Stand firm beloved, have each other’s backs and stand firm.
Mrs. Hagerty, November 19, 2015

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