Then he said unto them “Go your way, eat the fat and drink the sweet and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)
Today’s women face a lot of challenges, especially to their faith. We often don’t know where to turn in times of need; we become dissatisfied with the progress or lack of it and take a situation into our own hands. We become discouraged and turn to things of the world to find satisfaction, to make us happy.
The women in the Bible, although living in a different age, faced the same challenges we face today. We can use them as our examples and guides to travel through the land mines of this world.
Sarah was barren, but God promised her a child, she would be the mother of a great nation. Like many of us she doubted and took things into her own hands. In her eyes God wasn’t moving fast enough. What she forgot is that God can do anything in His own time. He doesn’t need our help, just our patience and worship. Eventually Sarah did have her own child, she may not have repented for her error in judgment, but she did have faith and God fulfilled His promise.
Lesson learned: Don’t try to do God’s work. He’ll do it when He’s ready.
Then there’s Rachel and Leah, two sisters in competition for the same man. I wouldn’t have wanted to be Jacob in that household. Leah started out her married life with a lie, but always held true to her faith and was eventually rewarded with a lot of Jacob’s children. Rachel tried to play the pretty card and blamed everyone else for her troubles in conceiving a child by Jacob. She didn’t share her husband’s faith in God and God rewarded her by not giving her children until late in the game and then only two. She had to change her way of thinking, quit blaming others for her problems, quit relying on her looks and turn to God.
Lesson learned: Believe in God. Don’t blame others for your shortcomings. Be thankful for God’s gifts.
What about Mary Magdalene? If ever there was a woman who had every right to give up on life it was her. Haunted by demons, probably shunned by family as well as the surrounding community, I would have wanted to crawl under a rock and die. But she didn’t. She turned to a man, someone who would be just as shunned as she was, even to the point of being crucified, but she went to Him, Jesus. He healed her and in return she gave Him her total love and devotion. She dedicated everything she had to spreading the Word of God and supporting Jesus in His mission.
Lesson learned: Don’t judge a man or a woman by their outward appearance or by the way that other men judge. Instead turn to them for it is probably God waiting to help you out of your deepest hole.
These are just a few of the women that show us how to live the lives of good Christian women. Notice, we don’t have to be perfect, we just have to strive to perfect and learn the lessons that God is teaching. Follow His path, listen to His words. Don’t let the darkness of this world overcome you. Always keep the light of Christ ever before you and you will share in the joy that these women, along with so many others, found in God. Celebrate the glory of God and share it with others. God bless you.