So many life lessons we can find in the Bible for our successful everyday living.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4
Join me as we learn from some of the women in the Bible. The lives they lived , the challenges they overcame and the joy of knowing God.
Sarah - Abraham's wife
Hebrews 11:11 By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.
Sarah’s name came up in the Faith Hall of Fame. Full details of Sarah and her life can be found in Genesis 11:27- 23:20
Sarah was the wife of Abraham the man God called, promised to make father of many nations (which automatically meant Sarah was going to mother of nations) but had no children until old age. She was passed the age of natural birth but was still expected to believe God will keep His promise. No wonder her name came up in Hebrews 11. God spoke to Abraham and Sarah had to follow and obey. They left their normal home to a place God was going to show them . Of course her life journey was very challenging in fact at some point she had to come up with a plan to help God. Which did not go down well but God did not need any help. His promises are sure and true. Sarah gave birth at a very old age with God fulfilling His promise.
Sarah’s story was that of devotion to her husband and trust in God and obedience. Can you relate to any of Sarah’ situation?
Deborah - Prophetess and Judge in Israel
To have a better picture of Deborah’s story read Judges 4 & 5.
Deborah served as a prophetess and judge in Isarel during a time that Israel was going through difficult times. Her husband’s name is Lappidoth. She must have been under so much pressure having to attend to the needs of the people while at the same time looking for ways to defeat the enemy. She definitely had to stay in touch with God to know what to do at each point in time.
Like Deborah, no matter the situation we are in we can trust God to bring victory as we trust Him, have faith and obey His instructions.
Dorcas - a discple of Christ
Full details of Dorcas story can be found in Acts 9:36-43
Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity Acts 9:36
Dorcas was a Christian who was known for being helpful and generous. To the extent that when she died all the people she had helped came around to acknowledge how good she had been. Its like every household had received some kind of gift from Dorcas. Of course the Lord was very kind, the disciples prayed and she was restored back to life.
What can people say of you and me? Something for us all to ponder on.
Rahab - the prostitute who was saved by God
By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. Hebrews 11:31
In the journey of the children of Israel to the promised land, there were so many challenges. They had to conquer the people in the land in order to occupy them. The story of Rahab and the help she rendered in overcoming Jericho is in Joshua 2-6
Rahab and her family were saved even when the whole of Jericho was destroyed. She was not qualified by citizenship or morality, she was a prostitute, yet she was saved by the reason of her faith. She made a choice of faith , not the most convenient thing to do but based on what she had heard about the God of Israel she chose wisely.
The story of Potiphar’s wife is in Genesis 39
And after a time his master’s wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge. He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” Genesis 39:7-9
Joseph was one of the children of Israel. He was loved by his father but sold into slavery by his brothers. So he found himself in Potiphar’s house. Potiphar was one of the powerful men in Egypt at the time, there was no mention of the wife’s actual name. She was just referred to as Potiphar’s wife. She was going to seduce Joseph to giving in and sleeping with her but Joseph would not succumb to the temptation.
She is one of those women to run away from. Of course there is lesson to be learnt from her – contentment. So that our lack of satisfaction and discontentment does not lead another person to destruction and bondage. Thank God He always makes a way of escape like He did for Joseph.
Esther’s story was that of courage, humility and faith. Faith in God that if God promotes you He will protect you. There may just be a reason for the promotion “the such a time as this situation” that Esther found herself.
Details of Esther’s story can be found in the Book of Esther. A young Jewish girl, an orphan cared for by an uncle. Esther was faced with making a decision to risk it all and perhaps save the children of Israel from destruction or be silent and continue to enjoy in the king’s palace while the rest of her people suffer.
Thank God for a great support system in person of her uncle Mordecai.
Esther had an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of her people and she stepped out in courage. God honored her faith and those of others praying along with her.
Esther did not have the resources to save the people but she was in the position of influence. We may also find ourselves in difficult situations that may involve risking it all, we can do like Esther ; pray, fast, ask others to join us in prayers and step out in faith, knowing fully well it is the will of God.
Of course, this is not suppose to be a Bible study of some sort. Just wanted us to see that whatever situation we may be in at every point in our lives, God’s faithfulness is unquestionable.
Feel free to take time and dig deeper to know more about these women especially the ones whose story you can relate.
Also I constantly remind myself that I am writing my own story in my everyday walk with God. I am praying and hoping it will be such an interesting story worthy of emulation. So is my prayers and thoughts for you as we continue to encourage one another to live our best life now and for eternity.