Designed This Way

In today’s passage, Paul is discussing how man is not independent from woman and a woman is not independent from a man. This piggybacks well from yesterday’s focus on being interconnected. As the passage continues, Paul says that “God, as the source of all things, designed it this way.” The NLT says, “Everything comes from God.” The Amplified Bible says it this way: “All things [whether male or female] originate from God [as their Creator].”

You will notice some things about this passage. First, we see the interconnected relationship man and woman has together. The woman came out of the man’s side. The man was born from a woman’s womb. We are all interconnected and there is no complete independence. Second, Paul notes that no one is inferior to the other. This means that the man is not better than the woman or visa versa. Some people try to put one gender on a pedestal. The Bible is noting here that both male and female are important in God’s eyes. Third, Paul notes that God is the source of all things and He has design control as the Creator. He decided that there are male and there are female. He decided that we all would be interconnected. He decided everything.

All of this is counter to what we are taught today by the world. It seems as if every day I am hearing of a new gender or sexual identity. I do not try to learn them. A medical diagnosis has been disguised now as some made up whatever. I choose not to engage because life is but a breath and we are not to throw pearls to the swine (Matthew 7:6). Proverbs 26:4 says it this way, “Don’t respond to the stupidity of a fool; you’ll only look foolish yourself” (MSG). Proverbs 23:9 says, “Don’t speak to a fool, for he will despise the insight of your words” (CSB). When we try tossing the pearls to get someone to see how absurd the world is turning, we seem to always end up looking like we are foolish and we always are despised. Many times we are deemed hateful and oppressive. These are very sad times. We have left people suffer from mental health issues all for the sake of this facade of being tolerant of others. I would hope that if I had a condition that someone would love me enough to help me get it treated, rather than lie to me and encourage delusion.

Let us stand firm with God’s Truth. He is our plumb line. He is the source of all things. He designed both male and female. He designed us interconnected. We can and should work together in harmony; we should not be against each other, but rather, we should support each other. Don’t throw pearls to the swine. Love everyone. Graciously proclaim God’s Truth as the Spirit leads. Keep praying for eyes to open. Stay fixed on Him.

“So then, I have to insist that in the Lord, neither is woman inferior to man nor is man inferior to woman.For just as woman was taken from the side of man, in the same way man is taken from the womb of woman. God, as the source of all things, designed it this way.” – 1 Corinthians 11:11-12 [TPT]

Heavenly Father, thank You for how You have beautifully orchestrated everything. Thank You for Your constant provision, Your abounding grace, Your everlasting love, and Your Truth. Lord, help us to keep our eyes fixed on You. Lord, may You continue to define all that You have created. May You continue to reveal to us Your Truth. Lord, I rejoice in Your revelation. I rejoice in Your presence. Lord, in You alone my hope is found. In Jesus’ Name. Amen!

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