The society we live in today is obsessed with the topic of gender, this avails us the privilege of contending with a listening world for a biblically robust view of womanhood and to provide a God-entranced vision of gender and mankind for his glory and our good.
In 1 Pet. 3:1–6, Peter instructs wives to be submissive to their husbands, and in vs. 7 he instructs husbands to live considerately with their wives, giving the root cause of a woman’s greatness in the eyes of God — the only eyes that matter! He says in 3:5 that “… holy women hoped in God and thus, they adorned themselves in a certain way – with a gentle and quiet spirit (vs. 3–4).
By hoping in God and adorning themselves with tranquility, they were submissive to their husbands without any fear. A woman whose thoughts are steadfast that God should be glorified has no doubt or fear, that the ever-blessed God will lose none of his glory, even if men or devils do their worst. She preaches herself that sermon about the character of God. But really, who is a woman?
The world and all the media will answer one way, but the gospel and the Bible paint a more beautiful and satisfying picture. And the only way to prevent a distortion of womanhood is by encouraging both men and women to behold their God, and to search out his Word to learn of reason after reason as to why we should give God praise for his wisdom.
True womanhood is a distinctive calling of God to display the glory of His Son in ways that would not be displayed if there were no womanhood. When God described the glorious work of His Son Jesus Christ as the sacrifice of a husband for his bride, He was telling us why He made us male and female.
He made us this way so that our maleness and femaleness would display more fully the glory of His Son in relationship to His blood-bought bride, the church. And we ought to tremble at the thought of encouraging women to be or do anything else other than that for which they were created, according to God. Only those who have put their hope in God are strong women.