Being Submissive

Sometimes I am amazed to see that the most prevalent words in our computer and internet terminology are those that have a deep meaning in spiritual vocabulary. “Search”, “Find”, “Like”, “Love”, “Save”, “Enter”, “Refresh”, “Redeem”, “Home”, “Help”, “Power”, “Accept”, “Share”, are just some random examples. We see them on our computer screens all the time and they are there in the Bible.

Another such word is “Submit”. When we first register on a web site, we have to submit our personal information. While making an online purchase, we have to submit our credit card details. Scientists prefer to submit their results to an online journal for quick publication. When a submission is made at a conference, it means that it is open for discussion. The word “submit” has been used in the Bible rather sparingly, 29 times in the New International Version and just 16 times in the King James Version. It is used in the context of relationships and authority, human as well as divine.

In today’s world, success seems to come to people having a dominant, aggressive, pushing attitude. They are the role models, not the ones who are of the submissive type. In an age of cut-throat competition, being submissive does not seem to be an acceptable option any more. A particular verse from the Bible (Ephesians 5:24), saying that “wives should submit to their husbands in everything”, could perhaps be regarded as the most unpalatable advice in today’s social context.

But there are two extremely helpful verses in the Bible. One is the advice given in the Book of Proverbs, that “in all your ways submit to God, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:6). The path of life is not easy, it is dotted with obstacles. There are daunting problems all along the way. Submit your personal information and current status to God. He will come up with a solution.

The other advice is from the Epistle of James. “Submit yourselves to God. Come near to God and he will come near to you”. (James 4:7-8) Making difficult choices is a part of life. There are moral issues and temptations that confront us all the time. Before hitting the Select button, ask God for advice, he will help you choose the right option.

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