Faith is an attitude of trusting God, which is simple enough to say. But to live by faith means to surrender your life over to God, putting aside your own desires, becoming a servant, drawing near to God. I am encouraged to read how the Bible is full of boldly, godly women who lived by faith.
Hagar responded in faith to God despite difficult circumstances. (Genesis 15,16,21)
Miram’s faith, demonstrated by her watchfulness over Moses, gives us a picture of how God gently guides and directs our lives. (Exodus 2:1-8)
Esther’s courage in the face of execution saved many of God’s people the Jews from certain death. (Esther 7:1-6)
Deborah boldly reminded Barak of God’s promise to go before them, and the blessings that come with obedience. (Judges 4:6-7)
Hannah was barren, but trusted God would provide a son. Samuel was born and Hannah kept her commitment to God by giving her son to God’s service. (1 Samuel 1:26-28)
Abagail discreetly appealed to David to do the right thing and leave vengeance to the Lord, protecting David from the folly of his temper. (1 Samuel 25:30-33)
Rehab did not let fear affect her faith in God’s ability to deliver. (Joshua 2:8-15)
Ruth’s life was guided by faithfulness toward God and showed itself in loyalty toward the people she knew. (Book of Ruth)
Elizabeth realized waiting on the Lord often brings unexpecting blessings. She gave birth to John the Baptist, whom Jesus called the greatest of all men (Matthew 11:11).
Mary, mother of Jesus modeled an attitude of obedience, trust and submitted herself to God’s will. (Luke 1:38)
Martha gave a great confession of faith at the tomb of Lazarus. (John 11:21-27)
Mary Magdalene’s faith was not complicated, but it was direct and genuine. (John 20:10-18)
Though these women lived in settings quite different than our own lives, but they faced many of the same challenges we face. They were daughters, sisters, wives, widows and mothers. They had experienced youth, adulthood, and old age. They had to go through the struggles of life and uncertainty of death. They had to walk in faith and face doubt. They experienced joy and sorrow in their lives.
One thing reminded the same…their FAITH.