Ever been bent out of shape? Overwhelmed with your situation? Feeling hopeless?
I think you and I can both say a resounding yes to all of the above!
So this brings me to my dear friend, Sarai, also known as Sarah in the Bible. She was the wife of Abraham, and I gotta tell, ya, I just love this gal!
Just last week I gave an in-depth talk to a group of women who were going through my book and Bible study of the Wives of the Bible. The wives I spoke on were Sarai- The Contentious Wife and Job’s Wife- The Discouraging Wife; two very relatable wives!
If you know Sarai’s story, then you know she was rather frazzled over the fact that she still didn’t have a baby. She saw no end in sight to her infertility. She was impatient and she didn’t wait on the Lord. So she took matters into her own hands when she told her husband to sleep with her handmaiden so she could have a baby of her own.
And then you have Job’s wife. Poor gal, how can you not feel sorry for a woman who lost it all. Children, home, possessions, and the health of her husband. With all this loss, how could she not be a frustrated wife?
My man filmed the teaching so I could share it with you! But I must warn you, I’m quite wild when I speak. 🙂
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- Freak Out
- Lash Out
- Blame Others
Sound familiar? Well, if it doesn’t, it’s what I do and try not to do.
4 Reasons Why We Become Contentious
1. It’s part of our sin nature. (We learned this lesson while we studied the life of Eve.)
2. We’re prideful.
Hear and give ear: Do not be proud, For the LORD has spoken. Give glory to the LORD your God before He causes darkness, and before your feet stumble on the dark mountains, and while you are looking for light, He turns it into the shadow of death and makes it dense darkness. Jeremiah 13:15-16
We choose to trust in ourselves…
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the LORD. Jeremiah 17:5
Outcome for when we trust in ourselves…
For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited. Jeremiah 17:6
3. We’re fearful.
We fear the decisions our husbands will make or won’t make. Or we’re fearful that the Lord won’t take care of us.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, and whose hope is the LORD. Jeremiah 17:7
Outcome for when we trust in God…
For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17:8
4. We’re deceived.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9
Psalm 4:8 is the Gospel Cure for a Contentious Heart (or the Frazzled & Frustrated Wife). Doesn’t that title sound much more pleasant!
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone O Lord, will keep me safe. Psalm 4:8
Trust God in all circumstances, even if you are a take-charge kinda gal like Sarai (and me). 🙂
Sometimes we commit spiritual idolatry because we’re worshipping our flesh rather than worshipping the Lord, but I want to encourage you today to be a wife who walks in the Spirit. You can rest knowing that God will keep you safe in the midst of your circumstances.
Want to join us for our study of the Wives of the Bible? You can find all the info here.
Live a poured out life for Christ,