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"ADAPT" ABILITY

"Wives, be subject - be submissive and adapt yourselves - to your own husbands as [a service] to the Lord" (Ephesians 5:22 AMP)

 

Adaptability is the "ability to adapt". Genius definition, huh? We could call it, then, "adapt" ability. Humans have amazing power to adapt. Bostonians may harp about the heat in Phoenix, or a Floridian the cold of North Dakota, but move either to their new climate and, after a few months they will fit their surroundings. We adapt to the boss's ways at work. In times of surplus or in want, we get along. That's what Paul meant about learning to be content in whatever situation he was in (Philippians 4:11). And that's what the Bible demands of us in marriage. Eve was created as a "help meet" or help-mate for Adam. The Amplified Bible translates that as "a helper meet (suitable, adapted, completing) for him" (Genesis 2:18 AMP). The key idea then in both the Genesis and Ephesians accounts is "adapt" ability.

 

Some wives feel like they have to adopt their husbands, not adapt to them. He just becomes another one of the kids, excess baggage, the big child that eats the bigger helping, and has the most dirty clothes. But mothering him is not honoring him. Another mistake besides mothering him is smothering him. Each partner needs his or her space. You've heard of myspace.com? How 'bout myspace.get lost! Years ago families adapted to a one-room house. Thank God we have niches today where people can go to breathe, but "one flesh" means that we need to enjoy each other, and that requires being in the same room. Wives, you can adapt to his ways without adopting them. It's in understanding the uniqueness of the sexes. John Gray sees us as separate planets - "Women are from Venus; men are from Mars". There have always been sparring matches between the two. Lady Astor screamed at Churchill, "If I were your wife I would poison your coffee", to which Sir Winston retorted, "If I were your husband I would drink it!" Then there was the man who asked the Barnes & Noble clerk where he could find the book "Man: the Superior Sex". She pointed, "Upstairs in the science fiction section". "Adapt" ability is patient with the differences and obedient to change.

 

The command to submit can never really be achieved without aid of the Holy Spirit. Before mentioning a word about submission and adaptation Paul commanded his readers to "be filled with the Spirit" (Ephesians 5:18). Then he added that we submit and adapt "as to the Lord", or as the Amplified states, "[as a service] to the Lord". Sometimes your mate will be worthy of your hard work; more often probably not. But when you do what you do "as to the Lord" then it becomes worship rather than unappreciated work. And be sure that nothing that we do for Him goes unnoticed or unpaid. Viktor Frankl adapted to the Auschwitz concentration camp. He would wish that experience on no one but his story proves that a person can see God and have joy in any circumstance of life. You are probably not locked behind razor wire like he was, ma'am, so please fight the urge to complain. "But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing" (James 1:4). And while you are yielding to a man that seems unyielding, remember that God has a pry bar big enough to loosen any kind of stubbornness. Venus will never be Mars, but the two can lighten the dark backdrop and dance together just above the horizon, and as was mentioned back in the creation, "lo, it was very good". Depending on your "adapt" ability life can be "very good".


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