In viewing this couple we are able to see the beauty and power that submission gives in a person and couple's life when they totally live a life of a surrendered and obedient heart.
God looks at our hearts, just as He did Mary's. And just like Mary, God wants to use you and me to do great things for Him.
Our obedience or lack of it holds the power of life and death for ourselves and those we love.
"Get up! Take the child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you ... so Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt." Matthew 2:13
This couple was a couple with a prepared heart.
Mary submitted to her husband and her husband submitted to God.
They submitted and their family was saved.
Remember Adam & Eve? In both couples we clearly see how God's way saves. God's way is always a plan for salvation, but we must act on what He says. We must obey. In order to obey we must have prepared hearts.
How prepared is your heart?
We get our hearts prepared by learning to love God with all of our hearts. We make up our minds to be devoted to Him and we must become faithful to Him.
Mary was a woman who accepted God's will for her life. Mary had enough experience with the Father that she knew He could be trusted. Therefore, she was able to accept what His plan ordained for her life. Thus she submitted to God and to her husband.
Would you prayerfully consider the questions below as it relates to your submission toward God and your husband?
- How do you usually handle inconveniences or unfair circumstances?
- How do you respond to events in your life that come about—shocking news and such?
- What can you do to become more trustworthy in the leadership of God and your husband in your life?
- What steps can you began to take today to move you toward trusting God and your husband more?
It is my prayerful desire that you and I will be women who always seek to glorify God.
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