Happy Friday, ladies! I hope you have a blessed weekend ahead of you. I’m determined to be especially frugal, so most likely we will stay close to home. Before long sourdough bread will begin rising and we’ll be off to our end-of-the-week activities.
Today let’s talk for a few minutes about Chapters 5 and 6 in Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot, shall we? I must admit that I just read these short chapters this morning. It has been quite a busy week between my Etsy shop and all of the other tasks I must attend to.
In Chapter 5, Elisabeth talks about Creation, and how woman was created for man. Oh, how I would have loved to have been in the garden while God created the world. How Adam must have felt while looking at all of the creatures and deciding their names!
I wonder if he felt alone once he realized that no one was quite like him. Did he desire a help meet? God declared that “it was not good for man to be alone,” and created Eve out of Adam’s own flesh.
This tradition has carried on to this day. Women are created for men, and not the other way around. Oh, how this stings my flesh at times…especially when I’m thinking of my own selfish wants and desires. But this isn’t God’s way. The Lord wants for me to embrace my calling, as a woman made for a man.
Elisabeth writes, “You can’t make proper use of a thing unless you know what it was made for, whether it is a safety pin or a sailboat. To me it is a wonderful thing to be a woman under God – to know, first of all, that we were made, and then that we were made for something. (‘The rib which the Lord God had taken from the man he made inot a woman and brought her to the man.’)
This was the original idea. This is what woman was for. The New Testament refers back clearly and strongly to this purpose: ‘For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.’ Some texts are susceptible of differing interpretations, but for the life of me I can’t see any ambiguities in this one.”
We would be so much better off if we would accept that we were made for man, and act accordingly in our marriage. I truly believe that marriages would be transformed if we did this!
Chapter 6 is titled “Jellyfish and Pride,” and Elisabeth talks to Val about how animals “know” what they were made for. They accept their lot in life and fulfill it. They willingly accept the places God appointed to them.
Unfortunately, Eve was not satisfied with the place assigned to her when the serpent easily convinced her that she could “be like God” if she ate of the forbidden fruit. Elisabeth writes, “What sort of world might it have been if Eve had refused the Serpent’s offer and had said to him instead, ‘Let me not be like God. Let me be what I was made to be – let me be a woman’?”
Oh, how the world would change if we said the same thing. Let me be a woman. Homes and marriages would be restored. Children would have their mother leading them at home. How wonderful it would be.
Let’s focus on our roles this week, ladies. I will be in prayer about how I can willingly accept the place God appointed me to…as a woman, wife, and mother.
Next week I’ll share a few more thoughts from this short book. You can pick it up here if you’d like to follow along.
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