"My soul, wait only upon God and silently submit to Him; for my hope and expectation are from Him."---Psalm 62:5(AMP)
As I was finishing up a devotional earlier this evening, I noticed that on Dictionary.com, the Word of the Day is RECUSANT. If you're not familiar with that it means, don't feel bad. Until today, I didn't either:
Recusant: a person who refuses to submit, comply, etc.
Submit: to give over or yield to the power or authority of another (often used reflexively); to subject to some kind of treatment or influence; to present for the approval, consideration, or decision of another or others; to state or urge with deference; suggest or propose (usually followed by a clause)
Comply: to act or be in accordance with wishes, requests, demands, requirements, conditions, etc.; agree (sometimes followed by with); to be courteous or conciliatory
Now, here's where I got all jacked up (LOL). As I was praying about why that word was hitting me so hard, this is what the Spirit said to me:
"Shellie, do you not think that a praying man prays about his future wife? And when you don't submit to me, why would I possibly recommend a man to marry you only to deal with your recusant attitude? *A woman who does not submit to a perfect Spirit will not be able to submit to a flawed vessel*. Consider your single season as a time of grace and preparation. Look at it as an opportunity to be able to get a good review from me to him."
THAT IS (WHEW!) POWERFUL!!!
I know that most of these can get a bit wordy, but honestly, I'm about done. If you are a godly woman aspiring to have a godly covenant, then you are probably already very privy to the fact that the Word, which is God (John 1:1), says: "Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord." (Ephesians 5:22-NKJV) However, when it comes to being presented to our future husbands (as the Woman was in the Garden of Eden-Genesis 2:22), I'm not sure how many of us realize that our *choices now* play a significant role in God approving us and considering us for the wife position later (Acts 1:7-Message).
I'm not sure how many of us *really think* about the fact that if the Lord says, "You need to stop having sex with your boyfriend" and we don't, we are *not* submitting. Or if he says, "You need to end that dead-end relationship" and we ignore him, we are *not* submitting. Or if he says, "I need you to be more responsible with your money", "I need you to stop watching porn or masturbating", "I need you to take better care of yourself" and we don't, we are *not* submitting.
So, when a man is praying for insight on who is the right one for him, if we don't submit to God, why would God possibly recommend us for the "job"? We're not helping (Genesis 2:18) anyone if we are not obeying God.
God handing out reviews. *What a concept* and definitely something to think about.
I'll be praying for y'all and myself this week that as the Lord provides *clear directives* (Proverbs 3:5-8), we will keep in mind that spirits tend to connect before bodies do and so when a *praying man* goes to the Lord, he is looking for God to give him a *good review* about the woman who is *right* for him:
"Hear, O daughter, consider, submit, and consent to my instruction: forget also your own people and your father’s house; so will the King desire your beauty; because He is your Lord, be submissive and reverence and honor Him."---Psalm 45:10-11(AMP)