In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Every wise woman … Why do we return to Genesis in our study of the wise woman? There are some very important reasons. Genesis gives us the foundational truth that God is the Creator. Some people do not think that it matters whether we believe that God is the Creator or not. The truth, however, is that it is of the utmost importance. Before revealing anything else about Himself, God revealed that He is the Creator.
That one fact determines that He designed the Creation as He determined, in all His wisdom. He made things to work together according to His plan. It also gives Him the right of authority over His Creation. He alone was worthy to rule and reign over His Creation. But He chose to make mankind in His own image and give him dominion over His Creation.
Take time to read Genesis Chapter 1. As we read Genesis 1, we see the Almighty God at work. He speaks, and His work is done. Day after day, He speaks, and His work is done. What a Mighty God!
We also discover His evaluation of His Creation. Day by day, He declares that His Creation is good.
Why must we know these truths? As we begin our study of the wise woman, we must discover God’s wisdom – not the world’s wisdom and not our own wisdom. God alone was the Creator, and He created it all according to His wisdom. We will soon find how, in that wisdom, He formed the man and the woman, and it is there where we will first get a glimpse into His wise intentions for the man and the woman. May the eyes of our understanding be opened!
It was about twenty-five years ago as I sat at my small kitchen table, with red pencil in hand and papers spread out across the table. I had some questions that continually reeled through my mind. I knew that through prayer and study of God’s Word, the answers could be found.
I could recall the time that I had questioned who Jesus really was, and it was in the Bible that I had found the answers. I could recall the time that I was plagued with questions and doubts, when I uttered the simple prayer, “Lord, increase my faith!” and The Lord brought a new Bible study into the church that I attended. I could remember how, through that study, I was forever changed by the Word of God.
So here I sat with scattered piles of papers. This occasion was before the days when everyone had a home computer, so I had asked a friend, who did have a computer, to do me a favor – to print out the major passages of Scripture that were written directly to women or specifically about women and send them to me. And here they were. I knew that if I could lay the Scriptures side by side and compare scripture with scripture, The Lord could answer my questions.
I had learned, in my Christian life, that you could find multitudes of books about multitudes of topics, and you could listen to many different opinions and voices, but you would not find a consistency and continuity among them. So, for me, the solution had become to put aside those things and just see what the Bible says.
And now, with verses before me and a prayer for The Lord to show me truth, I started my search. With my red pencil, I would mark similar words, similar thoughts, and similar passages. The search continued for quite some time. What I discovered was amazing! There was really no confusion at all! The Scripture was amazingly consistent! Growing up in the days of “women’s lib”, the world had successfully clouded and confused the issues regarding women. But sitting here at my kitchen table, there was no confusion. No confusion at all, just a calm sense of rejoicing over truth!
The first important truth that I discovered was to begin at the beginning. As Jesus taught about marriage in Matthew 19 and in Mark 10, He referred His listeners back to the beginning – all the way back to the Creation account in Genesis.
Then as the Apostle Paul taught in the book of 1 Corinthians 11 about the man and the woman, he referred those saints back to the beginning – all the way back to the Creation account in Genesis.
Next, in the wonderful exposition on marriage in Ephesians 5, the Apostle Paul again takes us back to the beginning – all the way back to the Creation account in Genesis.
And again, as the Apostle Paul writes to young Timothy in 1 Timothy 2 regarding order in the church, here the same truth is found. He takes Timothy back to the beginning – all the way back to the Creation account in Genesis.
I could see the problem clearly. As women, we often begin with our selves, our situations or circumstances, and our feelings and emotions. But the place that I would have to begin was at the beginning. That is where the word of God began, and that is where the writers of the New Testament returned to explain and expound truths about marriage and about women. That is where I, too, would begin – at the beginning.
Another exciting discovery that I made was that these truths regarding marriage were true at Creation – and that before the Fall. That meant this was God’s perfect design! I felt a freedom, as a woman, that I had never felt before – a freedom to be what God intended me to be!
I bowed my head and thanked The Lord. I picked up my papers and put them in my manila envelope. Time to put them away – for today, anyway. Time to cook supper. But this one thing I was sure of, I would be returning to this little stack of papers. And I would begin at the beginning – with a study of the Creation account in Genesis! I knew marvelous and freeing truth would be found there! And I couldn’t wait!
That truly was my starting point in understanding God’s design for a woman, and very specifically for me. I pray that you, too, will be blessed as we embark upon this journey together!
So, Until the Next Time:
Give thought and time in prayer regarding God as the Creator.
Give thought and time in prayer praising Him for His marvelous works and great wisdom.
Ask Him to reveal ways that these truths should affect your life.
You are worthy, O Lord,
To receive glory and honor and power;
For You created all things,
And by Your will they exist and were created.