When my husband and I and our three kids moved to Israel from the Former Soviet Union, we came with nothing. Though I had a degree in engineering, it was of no use to me without knowing the Hebrew language or the culture. I felt paralyzed by the challenges. Many days I sat in my house doing nothing but crying. One day, as I prayed about my circumstances, I realized I needed to make a decision. What kind of woman was I going to be? What kind of attitude was I going to have? If I continued to let my circumstances overwhelm me, my family and I would suffer. But if I began doing what I could to help improve the situation, I knew God would help me each step of the way. I found work cleaning houses and attended classes to learn the language. I studied accounting and when I finished the course, God opened doors for me to find employment. Today, I am not only able to help my family in the area of finances, but also others who are in need.
Woman have an important role to play in the family, the society and also in the work place. As women, we can either lead people to salvation, or in paths of destruction. In the book of Proverbs 14:1, we read, “The wise woman builds her house, but the foolish tears it down with her own hands”. In scripture, we see examples of both. But let’s focus on the ones who are wise.
Deborah is an excellent example of a godly woman. Her situation, was most likely not as good as many women in the western world have it today. Yet we see the position she held as prophetess and judge for her people and how she was revered even by her leader. When King Barak was afraid to face his enemy, Sisera, in battle, he requested for Deborah to accompany him. The wisdom God gave to Deborah in that time of war, helped save her King and her people. (See Judges 4 & 5).
Another example of a woman who God used to save her people is Esther. When she was taken from her humble life to the exalted position as queen, she was faced with a decision to either be strong and courageous, or to hide in the comforts of her royalty. We read in the story that after days of prayer and fasting, she risked her own life in order to save her people.
There are so many examples in scripture and in history of woman such as Deborah and Esther who by faith, did great things. These women, who, when faced with difficulties, did not panic or become stressed, but instead they turned to God in prayer and became influential. These women are no different than you or I. We too can chose faith in place of fear, prayer in place of panic and responsibility in place of despair.
God is ready and willing to act on your behalf, but perhaps He is waiting for you to take that first step of faith. What kind of woman are you going to be? Remember, our choices do not only affect ourselves, but also those who follow after us.
“”I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants”.- Deuteronomy 30:19