The Adorning

1 Peter 3:1-6

Many miss the point Peter is trying to make in 1 Peter 3:1-6.  He is saying, “vs. 3 “Whose adorning” . . . (vs. 4)   “let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.”  The example for this admonition is found in vs. 5 when he says that this is what set aside “holy women” of the past.  They “trust[ing] in God, adorned themselves. . .”

The fact that Sarah laughed (Gen 18:10-12) when she heard that God was going to give her son in her old age is not of importance.  Didn’t Abraham also laugh earlier upon receiving this message?  (Gen 17:17)  What is of importance is that she adorning herself in trust for God “obeyed Abraham” and followed her husband’s journey of faith.

Catherine was a tender, compassionate woman.   She also was a woman of deep faith and great conviction.  She was a quiet, reserved woman.  This she overcame, however, in her desire to serve Christ. She accompanied her husband William to tent revivals as he preached throughout England.  Later she became his strong supporter as together they founded the Salvation Army in their desire to reach the poor in England with the gospel.  William Booth was blessed to have a godly wife who was adorned by the hidden man of the heart, an ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, and an astounding depth of trust in God.

By Dr. Gayle Woods

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Inner Beauty

 1 Peter 3:1-6

 

What a beautiful outfit; adorned by trust in God.   Whenever I consider  godly lives I think of my mother.  She was a very intelligent, cultured woman who loved God with all her heart, soul, mind, strength and her neighbor as herself.  She loved to believe God and His Word.  She didn’t question the Word.  To her, God was really God.  He could do more than we could ever ask or think.  He was the God of the impossible.  She was adorned by trust in God.

I love the memories I have of her.  As a child I would come rushing into the room and find her quite often in one of two postures.  Either she was sitting in a chair reading her Bible or she was on her knees in prayer.  Those images made an indelible impression upon my soul.  She was adorned by trust in God.

She had a quiet, rock solid faith.  She did not parade her faith.  She simply exercised it daily.  To be with her was to sense that the current ran deep.  She loved the Lord so sincerely that she would not consider doing anything that might bring Him grief.  She trusted God with her family, her future, and her faith.  She was adorned by trust in God.

She was an attractive woman.  Many who look at her picture comment about her beauty.  The beauty of the human form was not all that people who knew her saw.  Her outward beautify was not what those who barely knew her saw but did not comprehend.  She was adorned by trust in God.

By Dr. Gayle Woods

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God Is Our Strength

Psalm 71:14-19

If God is our strength then this suggests we have no strength of our own.

I got into a lot of fights in grade school.  I don’t remember ever losing a fight.  Neither do I remember ever starting a fight.  On one occasion, however, I was waiting for someone to fight.  I don’t remember the boy or the reason.

It was at the end of the alley that went behind our house.  I waited until I saw him coming and stepped out to confront the boy.  Before I could make my opening address I noticed an older girl crossing the street toward us.  She said, “If you touch my brother I will beat you up.”

I had always been raised to respect women.  An unspoken rule of our family was that you never laid a hand on someone of the opposite gender.  I was an obedient son. I backed away and decided that the wrong did not need to be made right in this case.

I am confident I would have had an undefeated record after the intended fight.  What I didn’t consider was that the boy would be relying on a greater strength than he possessed.

Many times we are accosted by difficult circumstances, opposing forces, and evil intentions.  In those times our fears will be calmed in the assurance that it is not in our strength that we trust, but in that of our divine Protector.

By Dr. Gayle Woods

 

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