I realize some time has lapsed since we have opened the Created To Be His Help Meet book together. Are you ready to get started again? Let's review the first five chapters. Chapter one helped us realize that our husband deserves us as his help meet and our divine calling is to bolster him and help make him more productive in whatever he chooses to do. In chapter two, we learned to speak with gladness and appreciation when we speak to our husbands and to be cheerful. We read in chapter three that having a thankful spirit is more desirable than the poor-me attitude. Chapter four tells us that we should live with thanksgiving, joy and forgiveness, and never have a chip on our shoulder, no matter how offended we have the right to be. The last chapter we read together was chapter five and Debi Pearl asked us if we had enough fear of God to not question His Word! This is, of course, a very brief synopsis of what is actually in the book. I hope you have purchased it by now and are reading along with the rest of us. Now let's venture farther and see where God leads us!
The Beginning of Wisdom
We live under a law of sowing and reaping that
is as certain and unrelenting as disease and death.
Debi Pearl tells us in this chapter that wisdom is "fathered by fear". If our choices can bring us to miserable ends, then fear is the healthiest deterrent we can have. It is the beginning of wisdom (Ps. 111:10, Prov. 1:7, 9:10). Life without fear is a fool's paradise. What physical pain is to the preservation of the human body, fear is to the preservation of the soul. A Christian life without fear is a religious life without a living God.
The next part of this chapter is a story of a woman that was so "spiritual", she ruined her family. She was deceived into thinking her female intuition, sensitivity, and passions were spirituality. She did not fear God. She thought she could force her husband to do what she wanted him to do because she was supposedly closer to God. This story ends sadly as do all that have a wife trying to take the lead role in a marriage. This woman's family still reaps today the choices she made. Her bitterness got out of control; it became like a cancer. This story can be a warning to us to not get to this point.
Consider this: The fruit of the spirit are listed in Galatians 5:22-23. Peace is the presence of a relaxed, confident feeling a person experiences when everything is right (even when it is not). If you are a child of God people will be able to feel His peace in your presence. The fruit of the spirit does not consist of tension, anger and bitterness, but rather peace, joy and long suffering(to name a few). If you feel yourself becoming critical, stop and ask God for one of His gifts: wisdom! Then think of something for which you can be thankful and dwell on that thought throughout the day.
Get serious with God by looking up the definition for "odious". Begin to hate the very idea of being this. Do not show irritation or blame to others. Prov. 30:21-23
How differently would we act each day if we truly feared God?!
Whew! This was an intense chapter. Hold on a little longer; don't get discouraged. I am praying that you will keep an open mind and continue on this journey with me as we learn to be a Godly help meet to our husbands.
Disclaimer #1: I do not to claim to be the perfect wife, just one striving to be the greatest help meet that I can!
Disclaimer #2: I did not come up with all of the information you are reading in this book study. I take many excerpts from the book "Created". I try to make it obvious when I quote the author.
Please take the time to look up the scriptures that I only write the reference. It will make this journey more enriching. One more thing, I strongly encourage you to purchase this book and follow this book study with the added bonus of reading exactly what Debi Pearl writes about in Created To Be His Help Meet.
"Created" Chapter 1