My Paternal Grandmother
March is Women’s History Month. We (women) are amazing!! So, I couldn’t let the month end without a post dedicated to women. I thought it would be fitting to share my top 4 biblical heroines with you, along with the characteristics that make them women worth emulating. These women did what was right and had faith in God’s ability to work things out.
Abigail – 1 Samuel 25
Abigail was intelligent and beautiful (25:3). She stepped up when her husband messed up and brought him good and not harm. Although Abigail married a wicked man (25:17), God blessed her because of her faithfulness. A husband is supposed to be his wife’s covering, but Abigail stood in the gap for her husband (25:18, 19, 23 – 34).
Queen Esther, as her title denotes, was royalty. But, she wasn’t just a figure head. She was obedient, (2:10, 20) and she listened to instruction (2:15). She was beautiful inside and out (2:2 and 2:7). She was compassionate (4:4) and a hostess (5:4-5, 6:14). She protected her husband (2:22) AND her people – the Jews (7:3-6 & 8:5-8). Esther was brave (4:16, 5:1) and patient (5:3-4, 5:7-8, 7:2-3, 8:5).
Hannah – 1 Samuel 1 & 2
Hannah’s heart belonged to God. She knew the power and importance of prayer (1:11, 12, 1:26). She kept her promise to give her son (the blessing she prayed for for years) to the Lord (1:20).
Ruth exemplified selfless devotion to Naomi, her mother-in-law. She was faithful/committed, loyal and loving (1:16). She was hardworking (2:7, 17), obedient (3:5) and kind (3:10). Most importantly, she was noble (3:11). See Proverbs 31:10 – a wife of noble character is worth more than rubies. Ruth was blessed by God (4:13) because she was a blessing to Naomi (2:11-23).
Last but not least – Sarah. She was loyal, submissive (1 Peter 3:6) and fearless. She was faithful, and she trusted God. She was also beautiful (Genesis 12:11), so much so that Abraham asked her to tell Pharaoh (Genesis 12:13) and Abimelek (Genesis 20:1) that they were sister and brother instead of husband and wife. Sarah was trusting – left everyone and everything she knew because she trusted God’s plan for Abraham and trusted that Abraham would do what was necessary to fulfill that plan.
Faith is the bridge between your despair and your breakthrough.
These women all possess characteristics of the Proverbs 31 Woman. They are examples to us, particularly Sarah. She was the first Proverbs 31 Woman. 1 Peter 3:6 discusses holy women of the past who put their hope in God – meaning they had faith and they trusted God. Peter says that those women of the past are Sarah’s daughters. We too are Sarah’s daughters if we follow her example – live upright lives, behave fearlessly and trust God. Despite believing in God, the women had temporary moments of unbelief or skepticism (just like us). If you read their stories you will see evidence of these flaws (e.g. Sarah’s impatience and unbelief). However, God was able to use each of them – flaws and all – the same way he can use us. We are Sarah’s daughters!