Submission of the Heart
“For in the past, the holy women who put their hope in God also adorned themselves in this way, submitting to their own husbands” 1 Peter 3:5 (CSB)
Submission in my marriage used to be contingent upon my husband’s strengths and failures. A misplaced hope had knitted itself into my heart fueling my already opposing nature towards submission. Studying Biblical submission was transforming. It was then that my resistant heart softened, and I finally began to understand that my hope in God is what fuels my submission in marriage. By releasing both my husband and myself from the equation, I can submit with a heart expectant on One greater. Psalm 62:5 reminds me – “rest in God alone, my soul, for my hope comes from him”. It is here where the woven strands of my submission and my hope are stretched and made strong; a threading work of sanctification stitching my soul to a Kingdom purpose.
Submission beckons the posture of our hearts to lean on the Lover of our soul --- fully submitting to God so that we can then submit to our own husband. With the cloak of Christ as our covering, through submission, we display the grandeur and beauty of the God-head. In a most spectacular way, believing wives, we get the opportunity to use our role in marriage as an adornment --- for our good and for His glory.
*Melissa Williams is a wife and mother of four. She is a daughter redeemed and lives to proclaim about the One who raised her dead soul to life. Her home is where her primary ministry lies, but she counts it a gift of grace to also use writing as a way to glorify Christ and point hearts to Him. She delights in God’s Word; uncovering the beauty and goodness of His Truth are treasures to her soul.