Unto to the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow, thou shalt bring forth children, and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee – Genesis 3:16.
Priority in Creation denotes man’s authority over woman. God could have created the woman first or both simultaneously, but He didn’t, as it was always His intention for man to lead and woman to follow.
Meaning the man’s wife, as it was in the Garden of Eden since there was no other woman in the Garden but Eve, Adam’s authority was for his wife and no other woman. Many have taken this Scripture and have made women inferior to men.
God’s intention wasn’t for the woman to be inferior to man, but his equal since He made a woman from Adam’s rib. If she had been made from his head or the lower parts of his body, she would be either superior or inferior to him; man’s misinterpretation of God’s intentions took inferiority and placed it upon the woman.
In foreign countries, women don’t have the same privileges as men nor receive the same protection as men. In the United States, women receive fewer promotions than men and lower wages than men; women are not given some spiritual positions in the church because of man’s interpretation that it should be for a man.
So women have been stigmatized in natural and spiritual positions because of a misunderstanding of Scripture. This stigmatization could be why some women don’t respect male authority in leadership as their husbands, or they will be dominated rather than see themselves as equal.
God’s intention for the woman is to be equal and compatible with her husband but allow their husband to take his leadership position. Some marriages are tolerated rather compatible because they have been in a constant battle trying to prove to themselves and others who they are.
They’re trying to prove to themselves in their jobs that they are just as reliable as their male co-workers; in their homes, they’re trying to influence their husbands that they have as much wisdom and knowledge as they do. This stigma could be the reason why some women feel inferior to other women because they feel as though they aren’t as exceptional or not as good as other women.
Stigmatic has caused many women to have low self-esteem, overworking themselves to prove a point or being over-aggressive. Others are over-spending to dress like someone else or purchase items they can’t afford just to make themselves feel they can afford the same as other women. When God created woman, He didn’t create her from the dust as He did with Adam, but He created woman from Adam’s side to make her equal with her counterpart.
When God created woman, He created her with uniqueness, everything God made is of good quality, and there isn’t any deficiency. No matter what people try to label you, you must know who you are; if you don’t, you will spend most of your time trying to prove yourself to someone. There is nothing wrong with trying to improve yourself, but when trying to prove yourself to others is when it will become a problem.
When we represent ourselves as ourselves, that’s when we make the biggest impression because it comes naturally, but when we try to impress many times rather than impress, it becomes a suppression and depression because we’re trying to be someone else.
We have to visualize ourselves as what God has created us; if not, we will be labeled and not enjoy the life God has planned for us. We will compare ourselves to other women, making us judgmental, critical, or jealous. Spiritually, we will be stagnated because we’re trying to be like others rather than living in the position God has assigned us. Every woman has been given gifts and talents that have been assigned to them along with assignment delegated to them by God; whether they know it or not, each assignment is different, and that is why each woman has been created equally but function differently.
There is no reason for women to be inferior to each other or to their male counterparts, but to come together in unity, where there is unity, there is strength, a lot can be accomplished when women band together and use their gifts and talents God had given them rather than trying to discredit or compete with one another. We are unique, beautiful, talented, intelligent, and gifted. A woman that has been formed by the hands of God!