A Godly Example

by | Jun 1, 1999 | Example, Reflection

“Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives,” – 1 Peter 3:1

Robert Van Antwerp was raised in Benton Harbor, Michigan and graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1972. Though he went occasionally to church, he did not consider himself a Christian.

He rose quickly through the military ranks and married. In the mid-1980’s, while Robert was on military deployment, his wife Paula came to know the Lord through a Bible study. When Robert returned, he nearly hit the roof when he found out his wife had gotten religion.

But as the weeks went by, Robert was deeply attracted by his wife’s newfound faith and he credits Paula with bringing him to his faith in Christ. “The love of my life and the most important relationship in my life is Jesus Christ,” says Robert.

Robert’s faith continued to grow and the Lord has put him in key places to minister to others including the front lines of Desert Storm in 1991, the recovery efforts for the Northridge Earthquake of 1994 and he was in the Pentagon during the terrorist attack of September 11, 2001.

Today, along with his military responsibilities, Major General van Antwerp is the national president of the Officers Christian Fellowship and he shares his Christian testimony freely with others.

A life yielded to Christ is a strong witness. Today in prayer, thank the Lord for His earthly example and seek to follow Him in all of your ways.

“He (Peter) tells her something very simple – nothing else than to be a good wife. It is by the silent preaching of the loveliness of her life that she must break down the barriers of prejudice and hostility, and win her husband for her new Master.” – William Barclay

God’s Word: “And if a woman has a husband who is not a believer and he is willing to live with her, she must not divorce him.” – 1 Corinthians 7:13

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2003, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN THE BOOKS OF PETER pkennedy@devotional.com


A Godly Example