Ultimate security comes from God and is provided by the Gospel. Christ, our Head, fought to rescue us from death, and he promises his presence for eternity. In addition to looking to Christ for ultimate rescue and security, women look to their husbands.
As husbands, we are the heads of our wives, and it is our calling to provide security for them in the same way that Christ provides for His bride (Ephesians 5:25). We do this by creating an atmosphere where our wives (and children) can feel safe and secure. When done according to God’s design, our marriages become things of beauty that point others to the glorious Gospel.
As God demonstrates His love for us by guarding and defending us, and as we demonstrate the same love for our wives, an atmosphere of safety is created, an arena where a woman can come to life. Within a safe environment she can more easily shed her fears and insecurities and thus be freed to express the image and glory of God in her femininity.
A man is made to display strength, and a woman is made to respond to it. Husbands display their strength when they tenderly direct it toward their wives and fiercely direct it towards anything or anyone that would harm them. Such strength is redemptive and life-giving, and it provides the security a wife needs to be strong.
I’m sure….no….I know I fall short of this many times and I don’t always display strength and security for my wife, however I am encouraged knowing that I can take things one day at a time and look to Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2) to lead me each step of the way. I know I can look at Him to show me how to be a man.
I encourage you men to love and lead your wives well and to cultivate a home that is safe and secure for your bride just like how Jesus makes His bride (the church) safe and secure because He loved us first (1 John 4:19).
*Additional Resources from M. Weathers