I have struggled with the name of this book. I know that God wants me to write on godly submission in women, but the focus was still off. On the whiteboard in my office I started writing different titles as they came to me. “Submission – God’s Instructions for Women”, “Woman! You are Worthy”, and “Godly Submission – How to be a Godly Woman in a Sinful World” were just a few of the ideas that I came up with.
But then I started thinking about the reasons that God laid out for being submissive and how they played out in real life and I realized that I had the idea, but the fullness was still in God’s design.
I went back to Genesis 2 and started reading,
“Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone,” I will make him a helper fit for him.”…So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took on of his ribs, and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man.”
The whole purpose of making a woman was to be a helper for man. This creation was given certain unique characteristics that would support this man in a way that man could not support himself. She was given a tenderness, a special insight into behaviors, and a special kind of strength (not physical) that could uphold the man when he felt at his weakest. Woman, in all her glory, was made to help man fulfill his godly calling.
This book is not just about how a woman should live a submissive life, but it is about how she can live her life in order to support the man in her life. Whether that man is her husband, father, brother or even God Himself, a woman’s role is designed to support.
I think I’m ready to start writing now.