The Feminine Side of Faith

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I am not a fist pounding female frustrated over the role of women in the church. In fact, I find the whole discussion rather curious. 

I have never felt left out nor have I been discouraged from serving, and I’m not talking about working in the kitchen. I am not gifted for the kitchen. In fact, those who know me well know that it would be frightening to let me anywhere near the kitchen at church (or anywhere else for that matter). 

I am a teacher. I enjoy studying and sharing. It’s what I feel I have been called to do. I am a student of the Bible, and I love to teach what I’ve learned. I have never been denied an opportunity to teach . . . women, or men and women.

Truthfully there are only a handful of things that I can’t do in our church . . . preach, serve as celebrant, serve as an elder, and administer the sacraments. 

I’m okay with that, the Lord has provided so many other things that I am able to do that I haven’t got time to waste worrying about those other things. 

I have never felt like a second-class citizen of the church. Never! 

That was confirmed for me once again this week as I read through Proverbs 4.

Take a moment and focus on the gender of wisdom:

Get wisdom; develop good judgment. 
    Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. 
Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. 
    Love her, and she will guard you. 
Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do! 
    And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. 
If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. 
    Embrace her, and she will honor you. 
She will place a lovely wreath on your head;
    she will present you with a beautiful crown.” v. 5-9

Wisdom nurtures and protects. 

Read the first paragraph from Wikipedia concerning wisdom:

Wisdom is a deep understanding and realization of people, things, events or situations, resulting in the ability to apply perceptions, judgements and actions in keeping with this understanding. It often requires control of one’s emotional reactions (the “passions“) so that universal principles, reason and knowledge prevail to determine one’s actions. Wisdom is also the comprehension of what is true or right coupled with optimum judgment as to action.

Wisdom is a gift from God. 

For the LORD grants wisdom
      From his mouth come knowledge and understanding. 
For wisdom will enter your heart, 
      and knowledge will fill you with joy. Proverbs 2:6,10

It’s a blessed high calling for women that the feminine side of faith is wisdom. 

That’s what I’m thinking. I really would like to know what you’re thinking. 

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2 thoughts on “The Feminine Side of Faith

  1. Loved this – I’ve been ruminating lately about wisdom — and seeking the Lord more for it! But, I especially loved your insight that the word wisdom is feminine. We women often get so caught up in what people say we “CAN’T” do that we forget all the blessings and honors of what we were designed to do. I’m OK with biblical roles. I’m thankful for God’s order. He never gets it wrong and I’m so grateful for that. Thanks for the post!

  2. Hi Jeannette, Great to hear from you. I have to admit I was really excited when reading in Proverbs and saw that wisdom was given the feminine pronoun. I too am thankful for God’s order. I think we can take our eyes off His ways as we get to bickering with one another. His ways are so much easier than ours. Blessings!!

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