Bold Women of the Bible

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31


God still requires women who will stand firm in their convictions and who will seek to mold the lives of others as they continue to make an indelible mark on society. Sisters, regardless of where you are in your Christian journey, you can stand in the power of God as you seek to impact the lives of others. There are many examples of influential women in the bible who we can emulate as they’ve demonstrated bravery as they stepped out of the norms of society and became remarkable leaders.

As a result of their sterling examples, they were able to transform the lives of many people. These women were firm in their decision to serve God with strong courage and conviction. Hannah, Esther and Ruth are among the many women who exemplified incredible courage, strength, trust and a desire to follow God.






Hannah


A women’s ability to grow and nurture a child is usually ones greatest desire and when this does not materialize, it can lead to a feeling of dejection and insecurity and sometimes even the love and concern from a supportive spouse cannot soothe the emptiness that exists as a result of this pain. The story of Hannah depicts this experience that is still common to many women but with her strong faith in God and persistence, God heard her prayers and granted her request.


Hannah was one of two wives of Elkanah who lived in Ephraim . Elkanah’s other wife, Penninah had sons and daughters and year after year she would provoke Hannah because the Lord did not give her any children. Hannah became very sad and would even cry and refuse to eat but one day Hannah could no longer bear the pain of her empty womb and she went to the temple and presented her case to the Lord. “And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head. 1 Samuel 1:11. The Lord heard Hannah’s prayer and granted her request.


In our society today, we need faithful women like Hannah who will continue to remain steadfast in difficult times. The world is rocked by many challenges and now more than ever, there is a need for praying women who will pray bold prayers even in the midst of criticisms and discouragements. Her experience is also a lesson to us to magnify God as He continues to do great things in our lives.


Esther


Esther was a Jewish woman living in Persia and reared by her cousin Mordecai. She was taken to the King of the Persian Empire and later he made her queen. The King’s advisor Haman hated Mordecai for refusing to bow down to him, so he plotted to destroy the Jewish people. Haman told the King that the Jews did not obey His laws and the King advised Haman to handle the situation. Haman later announced a government-issued decree of genocide.


Esther was the only Jew that had access to the King so Mordecai persuaded Esther to speak to the King on behalf of the Jewish people. Esther knew, of course, that going to the king unsolicited could be her death sentence. Before making a life or death decision, she called for the Jewish people to join her on a 3-day fast and said “…so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish. “ Esther 4:16. Esther bravely approached the King and the Jewish people were saved.

God has a plan for all of us and we can transform the lives of many others if we give our lives in service to Him - on the job, in our daily commute, in our families, in our churches…there are so many opportunities available to spread the love of God. There is a need for women who will stand boldly and lead in rescuing the lives of others. The situation may look daunting at times but woman of God, you can always take courage in a mighty God who will always hold your hand.


Ruth


Ruth was a Moabite woman who had great admiration for her mother-in-law, Naoami. After the death of her husband, she was advised to return home to her people but strongly insisted she would not leave Naomi whom she had grown to admire for her strong Christian principles over the years.


In spite of Naomi’s advice to Ruth to return home, she refused and said “Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.” Ruth 1:16


Ruth and Naomi both returned to Bethlehem where they experienced challenging times and Ruth then went on to work in the field with Boaz and they later got married.


Life can present us with some devastating blows but if we stand in faith, God will provide all our needs. You may be struggling with the loss of a spouse of a broken relationship but God will never leave you comfortless and He is able to place the right people in your life who will give you the support you need. Like Ruth, the Lord is still relying on women who will stand firmly in their faith in the midst of challenging times and who will lead with strong character and principles as they motivate others to follow Christ.


My sisters, I encourage you to rise up and fulfill the assignment that God has for you. With strong determination and zeal, you can step out of your comfort zone and stand firmly, even in the face of opposition. Each of these women was committed to face their challenges and they overcame, through the strength of God. Whatever season you’re in right now in your life, God can equip you with the same boldness and strength as you seek to place your trust in Him. You have a uniquely divine purpose and God says “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”Isaiah 41:10