Thus, the first priority for a godly woman also includes yielding her life to God in obedience. She is to cooperate with God’s work in her life to become a person who gives glory and honor to God through both her words and her deeds.
THE UNMARRIED WOMAN
If a woman chooses not to marry, her first priority is still to become a yielded vessel of honor, as described above. Her second priority is to use her time and energy to serve the Lord and serve others in ministry (1 Cor 7:8, 27-35). Of course, she may need to have a job and provide a living for herself. But her remaining time can be devoted to serving the Lord and ministering to others.
THE MARRIED WOMAN
The Bible contains very specific instructions for the married woman. A married woman’s priorities are different from those of an unmarried woman. After her relationship with God, the next priority for a married woman is to care for and partner with her husband.
Paul discussed this in his first letter to the Corinthian church: “But she who is married cares about…how she may please her husband” (1 Cor 7:34). Paul was reminding them that marriage was a big responsibility. It was a lifetime commitment that required much time and energy in order to be fruitful. A woman who chose to marry would have to devote much of her time to her husband.
This primary focus for a wife is again mentioned in Titus 2:4, where older women are told to “admonish the young women to love their husbands”. It is clear that one of a wife’s priorities would be her relationship with her husband.
The Bible says that God made the male form of mankind first (Gen 2:7, 21, 22). God made provision for his needs, and gave him jobs to perform and instructions to fulfill (Gen 2:7-20).
Then God Himself said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him” (Gen 2:18). The Lord God, in His infinite wisdom and power, knew that a man could better fulfill what God required of him if he had a female partner, a “helper” who was like him.
A “helper comparable” as used in Genesis 2:18 (also “helpmeet” – kjV)’ is best defined as “someone in the same likeness to assist or aid”. Woman was the only created being with a form and likeness similar to man’s. She was given to man by God in order to assist or aid him. She was to help him in his daily work and provide him with support and companionship. The husband and wife were to partner together in the bearing and raising of children.
It is significant to note that Eve was created from the rib of Adam. She came from a bone in his side. This beautifully illustrates how a husband and wife are positioned side by side. They are to stand alongside each other. They are to provide help, support and encouragement for each other, in order to fulfill all that God has destined for them.