Family and Relationships
The Marriage Partnership
Michael Youssef, Ph.D.
Jul 11, 2017
If God Is In Control, Why Is My Life Such a Mess?


As we discover what God’s Word says about our lives, we discover the roles He gives husbands and wives. And they are distinctly different. At the same time, they are both incredibly transforming when the husband and wife take their roles seriously.

My Devotional

God did not create men and women to control one another, but to complement each other.

To our modern-day ears, submission may sound like a word related to suppression. It does not sound exciting to serve someone in authority over you, but it can be. God wants us to learn first how to submit to Him through faith and then to submit to one another.

A deep, abiding sense of love develops when we open our lives and hearts to others, especially our spouses. Within the context of the marriage relationship, submission is mutual as we lay down our wants and desires and live as one before God.

The more we grow in our relationship with the Lord, the more we begin to see submission as a position of freedom and security. We have purpose because we are living for Christ, who died and gave Himself for us. He submitted to the Father’s will, and today we are saved through our faith in Him. His submission overthrew Satan’s dark plan to control the hearts and minds of men and women.

God, however, did not create men or women to control one another; rather, He created them to complement each other so that those who are united in marriage will be powerful together as husband and wife. When we understand our roles within the family unit and how to carry them out in a godly manner, God will begin to do a mighty work in our lives.

Prayer: Lord, thank You for modeling the beauty of submission for me through Your sacrificial love displayed at the cross. Help me to see how thrilling submission in marriage can be as we trust You and love one another with Biblical love. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.  

“In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus” (Philippians 2:5).