This quote is taken from ch 18 of Let Me Be a Woman by Elizabeth Elliot
Wind weather and tide fulfill His word. It is a calming, steadying thing to know that there is a word for us as well. Psalm 144:12 says ” May our daughters be like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace.” Pillars uphold and support. This is a woman’s place, and all of us need to know what our place is, and to be put in it. The command of God puts us there where we belong. We know our ” creatureliness”, our dependence. If there is a command for us we know that we are recognized. We know that we fit into God’s universe, we know our relation to the rest of mankind, to the family, and, if we have one, to our husband. Meekness, I believe, is the recognition of that place. Moses, the bible tells us, “was a very meek man.” I don’t think of him at all as meek in the popular sense – timid, self-abnegating-colorless. Far from it. But to be meek is to have a sane and proper estimate of ones place in the scheme of things. It is a sense of proportion.
According as a pillar is cut and shaped to fit into a particular place and carry a specific weight, it is by that cutting and shaping differentiated and limited. It is the very differentiation and limitation that that pillar has to offer. So with us We have been cut to a certain size and shape to fulfill a certain function. It is this, not that. It is a woman’s offering, not a man’s,that we have to give.
Mary is the archetype of human self-giving. When told of the awesome privilege which was to be her’s as the mother of the Most High her response was total acceptance. “behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it unto me according to Thy word.” She might have hesitated because she didn’t want to go through life being known only as somebody’s mother. She might have had her own dreams of fulfillment. But she embraced at once the will of God. Her “be it unto me” ought to be the response of every man or woman to that will, and it is in this sense that the soul, and the church, have been seen, throughout Christian history, as female before God, for it is in the nature of the woman to submit”
This quote from Elisabeth Elliot is almost shocking to the modern ear. How dare she say such things. She said them with confidence because she knew them to be true from the word of God and from proving God’s word in her own very amazing life. Our culture and the church have been steadily falling away from this commitment to truth, this obedience to God’s word. What we need is revival, a restoration of obedience, a restoration of holiness and sanctification, and a restoration of meekness. Feminism promises to usher in a new age of justice and equality where woman are truly respected and treated fairly. They offer a false hope for “unless the Lord builds the house they who labor, labor in vain.” Psalm 127:1 The only utopia that history knows is the utopia of revival and revival is a work of God that He brings about through obedience to His word. The book of James reminds us that the wrath of man works not the righteousness of God. Zechariah 4:6 says,
6Then he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel saying, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts. 7What are you, O great mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become a plain; and he will bring forth the top stone with shouts of “Grace, grace to it!”‘”…
Feminists are attempting to move the mountain of oppression ( and surely that is what it is ) upon women by might and by power. They hope to get women, as a class, angry enough to throw off the oppressors yoke. But the oppressor they overthrow is, in most cases, their best friend, their provider, their lover, their husband. They cut off their nose to spite their face, and then lament the impoverishment of women. God has a better plan. His plan is to convert their friend, their provider, their lover, their husband, into a bettor man , a just, disciplined and gracious man, who will become a better friend, a better lover, a better provider and husband, and He does this by His spirit. Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit says the Lord of Hosts