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This Bible devotion takes the everyday object of an umbrella and connects it with God's Word to teach us a spiritual truth to help us grow in Christ and bring encouragement. It's great to use as a Bible object lesson for adults! We also have a Bible lesson plan format too for youth & kids.
God is at work in us and all around us. Our fingerprints identify us, and God has placed His identifying marks all over our world and lives to point us to Him! This type of Bible devotion lesson is meant to help us see His "Godprints."
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Recently my husband and I celebrated 37 years of marriage…and we are still smiling in spite of ourselves! Marriage can be hard and many have negative thoughts and feelings about it.
This Bible object lesson devotion is not about marriage though. It’s about something we associate with marriage in a negative connotation – “submission.”
Did you notice that you may have even cringed a bit inside when you read the word? God never meant for submission to cause us to cringe or rebel.
Let’s think of submission like an umbrella; it provides protection. We don’t have to come up under its protection, but when we don’t, we’ll be exposed to the elements whether rain or hot sunrays.
God offers us His umbrella of protection, but it is our choice to draw close to Him to receive it. We also must allow Him to hold it in His capable hands. Does anyone else here struggle with the need for control? It’s in our best interests to let go and let God!
When we think of Bible verses that speak of submission, we usually first think of “Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord.” This same statement is found both in Ephesians 5:22 and Colossians 3:18.
Let's look a little closer though at Ephesians 5:15-21 -
Paul is speaking to everyone, not just married couples. He’s encouraging both married and single to walk wisely. Part of this walking wisely entails “submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ," and ultimately submitting to God which is in no way a negative!
The word “submit” speaks of - accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the authority or will of another person. It comes from the Greek word “hypotasso” which means:
So in using the Bible object lesson of our umbrella, it means to come up under the authority or will of another for the purpose of protection and care.
Imagine a gentleman opening and holding an umbrella out for a lady to step under for protection from the rain. Yes, he has control and authority over where the umbrella moves, but he is holding it in order to provide care. God is the same way; He is the truest of all gentlemen! It is safe to walk beneath His authority and will.
The context of marriage is used in the next several verses to depict this very idea. In a perfect world marriage would reflect the care with which God wants to place over us as believers, His Church. He will not force it though; remember – He is a gentleman. It is our choice every day to come up under His protection, wisdom and love.
These verses are actually more about the love of God pictured in the love of a husband pointing to the fact it is safe to come up under His authority, His protection, His care and love.
The next time we step out into a rainy day, let's be reminded that a wonderful, loving God offers to walk with us covering us with Himself for safety and belonging.
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"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.
Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.
Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to curry their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.
Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving."
These last words in Colossians 3 sum this Bible devotion up well, and we would do well to remember - "It is the Lord Christ we are serving." Whether we are married or single, a man or woman, an adult or child. If we keep our eyes focused on Jesus as our ultimate authority; we won't go wrong.
If you're like me, my Bible devotion time is limited by the busyness of the day. Therefore I like to find ways for God to continue to bring back the thoughts and lessons from that time.
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