Your adornment must not be merely external — braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God. For in this way in former times the holy women also, who hoped in God, used to adorn themselves, being submissive to their own husbands; just as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear. (1 Peter 3:3-5)
I’m going to take the next few weeks to look at Sarah, a woman the Bible calls “holy.” There is so much to be gleaned from the story of her life! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
Peter refers to Sarah (and others like her) as holy. What qualified them to be defined in such a way? Surprisingly, nothing very “supernatural”. No bizarre signs and wonders, no glowing halos hovering above their heads. Wanna know why they’re holy? Because they trusted God and submitted to their husbands! Really? That’s it?? Obviously there’s more to these two things than meets the eye. Let’s keep digging!
Submission and trust are not just thrown in as two arbitrary qualities of the Bible’s good girls. The two go hand in hand. A true heart attitude of peaceful submission — free from worry, anxiety, or bitterness — is only possible when we find a deep place of trust in God. Sarah learned trust through difficult situations as she trusted God, obeyed in spite of her husband’s fallibility, and reaped reward.
Now, although we’re looking at a specific example of a wife and how she drew near to God as she rightly related to her husband, this is applicable to all women. In fact, I first did this study when I was 22, unmarried, and seeking to honor and submit to my father, even when it wasn’t easy. Submission is not simply for wives, or for a few seasons of life. God desires women to be under a covering of some sort in every season of their lives, and through this structure of leadership and authority, she finds protection, guidance, care — and an opportunity to trust God implicitly! (If you have thoughts or questions on any of that, please, let me know!)