Be excited about who you are! If God created you and me for a reason (which He did), and in His own image, which He did, then he will reveal what it is that will make your life successful; “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee.” Psa 143:8
The term “female role” is not in the Bible, but think of this: you obviously have a significant, powerful “role on the stage of life”: look at your body, the way you think and move. Your priorities are even uniquely female: and you are in God’s own image.
Is your role to stand around waiting to be told what to do, how, when, where . . .? What about the powerful freedom for the wise woman in Proverbs 14:1; her husband is not even mentioned. What about the freedom, industry, excitement of the wise woman in Proverbs 31? And her husband is only mentioned as raving about her!
God never meant it to be, but in the past women were controlled, their lives were dictated. In some religions and countries their lives are still the same. No wonder women hesitate to look at Scripture for guidance. Even the church which claims to follow Scripture demeaned women. It’s painful to consider some of the words from church fathers on their view of women.
But God has always honored women. If religious men demand what God does not, they make up doctrine from their own imagination. God is always right. Look for your personal freedom in Christ from Scripture.
The Bible is written to all of us. The Holy Spirit is Teacher, Comforter, Guide, and Friend that sticks closer than a brother to women, to men, to old and young. We are invited to ask the Lord Jesus into our hearts and lives, and lo, we have the wisdom of the Holy Spirit speaking to us from within as we read and obey the Bible for ourselves.
Who should you become as an individual, a woman? With unique personality, gifts, background, and opportunity, you are free as any man to follow God.
Here is a part of the “freedom in Christ” you may not have thought of: as Eric and I have lived and learned together these forty-one years, we interact every day. What do you think? Do you agree with me on this? I’m not sure: what shall I do here? So, girls, I am both secure and affirmed in my thinking and decisions.
I do have an amazing husband. He told me when I was going through my study of Scripture about who I am: “I never thought I had the right to tell you what to do.”
Not only had God created me with the ability to think, but my husband (then of only 14 years) freed me to think unhindered. And lo, we began to think more alike, because both of us were expressing ourselves; both of us were listening to the other. My role? It became an expression of my life as I obeyed (as I understood it) the Bible.
What about being female: “It is not good that the man should be alone” . . . this word “man” (aw-dawm’) means “mankind” often in the Bible. But here in Genesis 2:18 “man” is referring to the created man, Adam: “And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man (aw-dawm’), made he a woman, and brought her to the man (aw-dawm’).” Gen 2:22.
Married or single you are a powerful influence, for good or evil, just by being a woman. If you grow wise, if the Holy Spirit dwells in you, your world will change for the good just because you are in it. Our daughter in law Tania says, “Just do the next right thing.” If you choose to grow wise, if you interact with courage, if you give respect and expect the same from others, both will change and grow.
When you are married, as the years go by two have become “one flesh” under God. Two lives are forged like a river into one. It’s the Plan.
Your life and potential is as great as God and you come up with. (Psalm 139:14)