Sunday, May 10, 2009
Women of Faith
Usually when we look at great examples of faith from the Bible somehow the name of our forefathers: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Gideon, Joshua and others will pop out but we cannot overlook the legacy that some women left for us.
Examples of faith and endurance in times of trouble and adversity, these women did more than just exercise faith but they taught that miracles are possible to women of our century much more than in those times when they had no value or rights at all.
When we read about the faith of Abigail, in I Samuel 25:23 we learn that out of her wisdom and courage, she saved her husband’s household of death.
And who can forget of Hannah’s beautiful act of faith and trust by surrendering her son, redemption of humiliation and shame, to serve the Lord.
By faith, these women and many others have changed the course of life, brought blessings upon them and their families, they reached out for their dreams and made possible what was impossible, by human eyes.
We live today in the 21st century when we are emancipated; we have own will, freedom of choices, broaden mind and numerous opportunities of conquering a position under the sun.
We have rights to study, to work, to choose our husband-to-be, to choose our religion, to be active part of a voting society, we can even engage in politics, drive trucks and buses, pilot airplanes, be soldiers and serve our country during war, we can do great things for this world, be celebrities, win the Nobel Prize – most of things that those women of the Bible had never thought of.
However, some of us are missing out the secret for success of our foremothers: faith and sacrifice and exactly because of it, despite of all material and emotional conditions, life is fulfilling its natural course without anything exceptional happening on.
We can do much, we can be heroes, we can change the world but if we do not learn to use our faith and to sacrifice, we do not develop even an inch in our own life.
I leave with you the words of Hannah - words of trust and assurance that God always rewards those who sacrifice to Him:
“ He lifts the poor from the dust – yes, from a pile of ashes! He treats them like princes, placing them in seats of honour.” (I Samuel 2:5).
How about you – are you ready to write the next chapter of faith?