Sunday, July 10, 2011
The True Woman: Chapter 3
The true woman is a recipient of redemption…this is her indisputable identity. ~Susan Hunt
This chapter opened with a story about a rebellious adult child, and while I don't have one of those, I think the opening story is still very relevant to all of us. We have all experienced that deep inner-pain that seems to be life consuming. We have all had some situation that consumed our thoughts during both the day and the night. I love the verses that she shared with us (Psalm 42:5 and Proverbs 21:30 especially). I think they will be of great help in the future when I am faced with a painful reality.
I have been learning so much about the true woman of God throughout this book…and we’re only on chapter 3!! This chapter opened by saying that the true woman is not concerned with her self-image, but by the fact that she is an image-bearer of the Lord God. Her worldview is Christocentric (Christ is the center), where as the new woman has an egocentric worldview (self in the center). We tend to think selfishly rather than redemptively.
To think redemtively, we really have to know what redemption is. The definition in the book says that to redeem is to recover ownership by paying a specified sum. We know that we have been recovered (or redeemed) from sin and its consequences by the blood of Christ. Our redemption is not a possibility, it is an accomplished fact.
The true woman puts her trust in a sovereign God. She says, "God is sovereign. Whatever He does is good and right. I trust Him.” The new woman is caught up with luck and chance (this is one of my personal pet peeve’s). If God is sovereign (and I believe He is) then there is no such thing as luck! In Susan Hunt’s words: “Luck and chance are pagan words that have no place in the believer’s vocabulary.”
If we look all the way back to the Garden of Eden, we can see our redemption at work from the very first sin. After the sin God came, He called and He clothed. And He still works that way today. He relates to us not on the basis or our performance, but on the basis of His provision.
He is our God – this is our hope.
We are His people – this is our identity.
He lives among us – this is our joy.
These words are trustworthy and true – this is our assurance.
We have to understand that while Jesus came to pay the price for our sins, to save us, we aren’t the main characters in the drama of redemption. We aren’t the point, we are treasured beyond measure, but it isn’t all about us. By God’s grace we have been granted to be a part of this wonderful story. As true women, we are redeemed, and our lives should reflect that redemption.
I am learning so much from this book!!! I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't (or isn't) reading it!!!