August 12, 2021

The gift

But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is (her) man, and the head of Christ is God. 1 Corinthians 11:3

I like to give gifts.  Whether it is for birthdays, Christmas or some other special occasion, it is just one of the greatest joys for me to be able to bless others with some kind of gift.  My favorite time to give is when there is no special reason at all.  Just because I want to make someone feel special and let them know I am thinking of them.  Usually, they are not overly expensive things, just a little something to put a smile on someone’s face.

I’ve come to realize that the reason I like to give is because I learned it from my Father, my Heavenly Father.  He has always been a giver and it brings Him such joy to give to His people and His children.  The very first gift He gave was to Adam.  It was a very special and precious gift . . . a wife.  Adam was alone in the garden that God had made for him to live in.  He had many animals surrounding him, but there was no other person like him.  God saw that Adam needed a companion, friend and someone to help him accomplish the things that God had planned for them to do in the earth.  Namely to be fruitful and multiply.  Adam certainly couldn’t do that by himself.

God put Adam into a deep sleep so He could take a part out of Adam and make another person from the same material. Then when Adam woke up, God presented him with the greatest gift that Adam could have hoped for at that time.  A helper, a wife.  Adam had seen how all the animals had a mate like themselves and it was obvious that he didn’t have one that matched him.  I love how it is written in the original language.  It says God formed man, but He fashioned woman.  He made her extra special, inside and out, because she was a gift and God wanted His man to know how much He cared and thought about Him.

This brings me to today’s point.  The scripture for today says that the head of the woman is the man.  Many women take issue with being subject to her husband.  It doesn’t say that she has to submit to every man, just her husband.  That is the only man that is head over her.  Most women do not realize that they were created to be a present/gift to her husband.  A helper.  They also do not realize what a position of great influence they have been given when they submit all to their husband.  It is really one of God’s secret weapons and one that will defeat any enemy that comes against a marriage.  When a man and woman come into agreement in the order that God created them to be in, the is no thing, person or demonic force that will ever be able to stand against the force of power in unity.

Today I want to encourage first of all husbands.  Love and cherish your wife as a great gift from God.  If you treat your wife as the most precious person and voice in your life, she will have no trouble at all submitting to you.  Recognize that submission is a voluntary thing, and a husband cannot force his wife to submit.  Otherwise, it is not submission it is oppression.  I want to encourage wives to honor and respect your husband.  As a most precious gift to him, it is up to you to be that precious gift in the way you speak and care for him.  You are a gift, but it is up to you to act like a gift that he wants to have around him all the time, not one that is set aside and thought little about.  Together surrender all your life to the Lord and help one another to complete the mission you were called to while you have your time together in this world.  God made you for each other and for Him, get the order right and you will be successful in all He has for you to do.

Today’s scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 11:3-16

Published by L. Lyden

Lynette is a recently published author and coordinator of Voices Magazine who endeavors to use her gifts and influence to encourage and promote aspiring writers. Her Daily Dose blog has been an outlet for her to encourage readers to walk closer to God each day. She is a wife, mother and grandmother who loves spending time and going on special outings with her family.

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