Life Lessons from Women in the Bible: Rahab

Happy Friday, everyone!

I’m continuing my “Life Lessons from Women in the Bible” series, and today’s focus in on Rahab.

Rahab lived during the time of Joshua, who was a commander of the Israelite army. God directed him to destroy the city of Jericho, a wicked, depraved place. He sent two spies to check out its defenses, and they came to Rahab’s house. To put it frankly, Rahab was a prostitute.

City officials heard there were Israelite spies in the city, and they went to Rahab, asking if she’d seen the men. Rahab explained that they’d already left, but she actually had them hidden. Because of her faithfulness, when Joshua and his men attacked Jericho, Rahab and her family were spared. Additionally, Rahab went on to be included in the lineage of Jesus.

Here are some notions we can learn from Rahab.

Imagine the fear that Rahab faced when the city officials came seeking the Israelite spies. She knew that if they were discovered, they’d be killed and most likely, she would, too. However, she knew they were doing the Lord’s will, so she protected them.

Even in the face of adversity, we should always do what’s biblically right. Unfotunately, the world’s interpretation of “right” doesn’t always line up with God’s. As a result, standing up for God can be difficult. Remain steadfast. If you stay true to God, He’ll bless you for it.

Rahab was a prostitute and had “sinner” written all over her. I bet that the same people that stared down their noses at her during the day, also sought her company at night. She could’ve let those expectations continue to define her, but guess what, she didn’t.

I don’t know your story, but I do know that we’ve all made mistakes. Don’t let past failures dictate your future. The Bible says that if we turn from our sin, we receive redemption through Christ. Your pure life can start now, you just have to decide to change.

On a list of unlikely heroes, Rahab was at the very bottom, but God used her.

Regardless of your age, race, gender, occupation, abilities, or past, God can use you, too. That may require you to make sacrifices, but if it’s for the Lord, then it’ll be worth it.

I hope that you’re encouraged by Rahab’s story and reminded that even the worst sinner can be saved by asking Jesus into his or her heart.

Sarah

Previous “Life Lessons from Women in the Bible” posts:

Eve

Sarah

Life Lessons from Women in the Bible: Sarah

Happy Wednesday! I hope you’re all doing well!

I’m continuing my series on “Life Lessons from Women in the Bible,” and today’s post is all about my namesake: Sarah.

Sarah was Abraham’s wife, and as they grew older, they remained childless. Then one day, God spoke to Abraham and said he would be “the father of many nations.” This provided Abraham and Sarah with the hope that they’d be parents. Unfortunately, that did not happen the way they thought it would and many more years passed without them having a child. As a result, Sarah took matters into her own hands and had Abraham lay with her maidservant, Hagar. The latter conceived and had a son named Ishmael; then Sarah grew jealous and mistreated Hagar.

Fortunately, the story doesn’t end there. Sarah eventually did conceive when she was 90 years old and had a son named Isaac (That’s why mine and Daniel’s son has that name.). Furthermore, Jesus was one of his descendants.

While Sarah’s story ends happily, there are certainly several lessons we can learn from her route getting there.

Sarah’s main wish was to have a child, yet it took a looonnggg time for that to happen. Can you imagine the questions she got throughout her life, related to children? “Sarah, when are you and Abraham going to have children?” “What are you waiting on? You’re not getting any younger.” “I thought your husband was going to be the ‘father of many nations. How is that possible unless you start having children?'” The reality is, all of that was out of her control.

Similar questions get thrown at women today; however, be careful when asking such things. It could be that the woman you’re talking to doesn’t feel called to have children, which is totally fine, OR it could be that she wants to have a child more than anything but can’t. It could be that she’s had a miscarriage and is grieving inside. It could be that she’s had children before but is experiencing secondary infertility. Just remember, not all questions are appropriate to ask because you don’t always know what others are going through behind the scenes.

After years of being barren, Sarah’s patience waned, and her desire to have a child, by any means, eclipsed her reason. Since we know how Sarah’s story ends, it’s easy to reprimand her for “playing God” when she sent Hagar to be with Abraham. Unfortunately, that was a decision she regretted for the rest of her life.

While we don’t always know what God’s plans are, when they play out, it’s exactly like He wanted it. For years, I wondered why God wouldn’t send me a man to be with and after trying to make things happen myself, and getting rejected as a result, I finally realized that God would have to be the one to orchestrate it, so He’d get the glory. Once I came to this realization, I met Daniel a few months later, and all those years of singleness suddenly made sense. I can honestly say God brought Daniel and me together at exactly the right time. Whatever your situation is, He’ll work it out at the proper moment for you, too.

After Hagar conceived, Sarah treated her very badly. It turned out that having a child through a surrogate wasn’t quite the same as having one herself. Don’t forget, though, it was Sarah’s idea to begin with.

With social media, it’s easier than ever for women to be hateful to each other, but as the saying goes, “Hurt people hurt people.” It’s never okay to be unkind or pick fights. We get to choose happiness, and as Daniel says, “It doesn’t cost anything to be nice.” Remember that the next time you’re tempted to tear someone else down.

Sarah was 90 years old when she had Isaac! Can you imagine?! As previously mentioned though, Jesus was one of her descendants. If not for Sarah’s role, we wouldn’t have Christ!

God wants to use each of us to do His work, but sometimes we use the excuse, “I’m too __________,” to get out of doing it. The thing about the Lord is, if you won’t do it, then He’ll find someone else who will. Why miss out on the blessing? Think about what God could do with you if you’d let Him.

I hope you’ll take these lessons written by Sarah about Sarah (See what I did there?) and apply them to whatever situation you’re currently in. I also pray that if Jesus isn’t the Lord of your life, you’ll ask Him into your heart today, so that He can begin to use you, too.

Sarah

Life Lessons from Women in the Bible: Eve

Hi, all!

Last week, I did a few polls on Instagram about what kind of content you’d like to see from me. When I asked if posts about lessons we can learn from women in the Bible would be interesting, 100% of voters said, “Yes,” so here were are.

I recently started teaching the women’s Sunday School class at church, and we’re going through an in-depth study of women from the Bible. Eve was the first on that list.

If you’re unfamiliar with her story, Eve, and her husband, Adam, were the first people God created. They lived in the Garden of Eden, and everything was perfect. Then, a serpent, which was Satan incarnate, tempted Eve to eat fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. This was the only thing God had warned her and Adam against.

Unfortunately, Eve gave into temptation, and Adam ate the fruit, too. With that “simple” act, sin entered the world.

Here are four lessons we can learn from Eve:

Satan told Eve that, when she ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, her eyes would be open, and she would be like God. He wasn’t lying about the first part; her eyes were opened. She realized that she was naked and felt shame. The lie was that she would be like God. No one is like Him.

We must be careful of believing half truths because essentially, they’re still lies. We might try to claim ignorance, but each of us is born with a basic understanding of right and wrong.

After Adam and Eve ate the fruit, and their eyes were opened, God came walking in the garden. They hid and covered themselves with leaves. When God found them, even though He knew what they’d done, He still gave them a chance to explain. What did Adam and Eve do? Adam blamed God and Eve, and she blamed the serpent.

When we sin, no one is to blame but ourselves. We must each stand accountable for our own wrongs. Remember, when we point a finger at someone else, there are three more pointing right back at us.

Adam, Eve, and the serpent (Satan) each received a curse as a result of their sin. Adam would have to work the land. Eve would experience pain in child birth. The serpent would crawl on his belly and would have his head crushed by man.

When we sin, we have to live with the repercussions. Even if it seems like we’re getting away with it, someone always finds out. Additionally, sometimes those consequences are long-lasting, and they usually affect others.

Yes, Eve messed up big time, but God is merciful and offered her [and Adam] redemption. They were allowed to continue living. They were able to have children. No, their lives were no longer perfect, but God showed them grace.

We are imperfect people and sin. That’s just the way it is. However, God offers redemption to us; His name is Jesus Christ. If we ask Jesus into our hearts, and believe in Him, we can have eternal life in heaven. That’s the ultimate redemption.

I hope you’ve learned as much from Eve as I have.

Sarah