Resting in Him

Resting in Him

My soul stirs when I see women arguing on behalf of a patriarchy, particularly when they do so in the name of God.

Today I read this in a comment feed,
“Also, ruling is hard and takes a great deal of responsibility (when done right). The women get to rest in the men just like we get to rest in Christ.”

There is so much I want to say about the view this woman holds of how God sees her role here on Earth as his daughter, his image bearer, his lamb, his beloved.

“…women get to rest in men just like we get to rest in Christ.”

Man is not God. God does not want women to rest in men.

He wants us to rest in him. “Be still and know that I am God,” and “Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest,” and “My soul finds rest in God alone,” and “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and rest.”

It’s dangerous to put men in a position reserved for our God.

“Ruling is hard…”

Doing anything in the name of God should never be hard. Jesus says, “For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” If ruling over women is hard, then perhaps the men who view this as their role should reconsider if it is truly a directive of God’s.

Women, you are no longer under the curse. You no longer need to be ruled over by man. Your freedom was secured the moment Jesus took his last breath on the cross.

God has equipped each of us to lead. We may not do this in the same way as we all have unique, yet equal gifts of the spirit for this purpose. Some of us are equipped as prayer warriors, some as teachers, some as worship leaders, some as discerners, some as healers, some as counselors, and some as preachers. While different, our gifts, when used to their full capacity, keep the body of Christ functioning.

“…and takes a great deal of responsibility…”

Sisters, we have a responsibility to our God, not man. God longs for his sons and daughters to be brought back to him, to be restored to him. He longs for believers, women too, to lead others back to him.

If women position themselves under the authority of men and wait, resting, letting the man do the “hard work” of ruling and directing and leading, we are not using our gifts to further the kingdom of God.

No women, beautiful image bearers of the great Creator, you are not called to be ruled over by a man. You are not called to rest in man.

“For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” How then can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” (Romans 10:12-15)

“Women get to rest in the men…”

We don’t GET to rest in man. We have work to do, so get out from underneath man-made roles like spiritual leader, head of the house, and husband pastor, and get to doing the wonderful work of the Lord for which you were purposed.


  1. Tami
    Jan 14, 2017

    Yes and Amen! 😃

    • Barbara
      Jan 14, 2017

      Beautifully written, God loves us all.

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