The road to submission

Submit Your Wisdom, An E-book excerpt

6Then she arose with her daughters-in-law that she might return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the country of Moab that the Lord had visited His people by giving them bread. 7Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. 8And Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each to her mother’s house. The Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. 9“The Lord grant that you may find rest, each in the house of her husband.” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. 10And they said to her, “Surely we will return with you to your people.” 11But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Are there still sons in my womb, that they may be your husbands? 12“Turn back, my daughters, go—for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, if I should have a husband tonight and should also bear sons, 13“would you wait for them till they were grown? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? No, my daughters; for it grieves me very much for your sakes that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me!” 14Then they lifted up their voices and wept again; and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

Ruth 1:6-14

Orpah listened to Naomi’s words and it made sense to her. Naomi said, I can’t have any more sons, and even if I did, would you wait for them to grow up? Would you restrain yourselves from having husbands? Orpah says, well now that you put it that way –it does make sense for me to go back to my home –it’s not too late for me to have a husband and kids – so she kisses her and says “see ya”! One commentary said: “How many part with Christ at this crossway! Like Orpah they go a furlong or two with Christ, till He goes to take them off from their worldly hopes and bids them prepare for hardship, and then they fairly kiss and leave Him.”

How many times are we faced with challenges in our lives and what we like to call our “common sense” kicks in and we analyze our situations, not from God’s perspective but from our own? I’m almost forty years old and I still don’t have a husband” Lord, I love you, I really do- but I’ll have to kiss you goodbye for a minute – because this man may be my last chance at love – you know statistically there are way more women than men in the world and he may not be saved – but he’s not a drug dealer and he doesn’t beat me! He’s a good man! Lord, I know that your word says that you would supply all my need according to your riches in glory but I got bills to pay and I have to take this job even though it will take me away from church and Bible study and the things of the Lord– I’ve got to work – times are hard and jobs are hard to come by – I love you, Lord, I really do but I’ll have to kiss you goodbye for a while. Lord, I know you don’t like divorce – but this marriage is just too much work for me – we’re arguing all the time and I don’t see any way out of it – after all statistics say that most marriages end in divorce and my momma always said I can do bad by myself. I love you Lord, but I’m going to have to kiss you goodbye on this one.

We take what we see and the knowledge that we think we have and we look at things from the world’s perspective rather than God’s. Yes, there does seem to be more women than men, yes, economically times are hard and jobs seem scarce and yes, marriage is hard and a lot of them do end in divorce, but what does the word of God say: you may be alone but you don’t have to be lonely – A single woman’s response to feelings of loneliness should be an immersion into God’s Word – receiving comfort from the Comforter – the Holy Spirit and drawing near to other believers for support and encouragement. God says I know times are tough and you can’t seem to make ends meet – but I will supply all your need according to my riches in glory – David said I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread – I know marriage is hard – but if you put me in the driving seat instead of calling me a co-pilot – I’ll work it out. Win him by your conversation – your lifestyle, your faithfulness to me! I’ll do it for you because I love you! Don’t look at the circumstance – just keep trusting in me – take that knowledge that you think you have about the situation and hold it captive – it’s rising itself above my Word – submit it to me!

c/Candie A. Price

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