By Weldon Tisdale, Chaplain
Who has not heard of Sarah? She was Abraham’s wife, and her faith is recorded in Hebrews 11:11. “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.”
Who has not heard of Ruth? She was a Moabite woman who showed loyalty to her mother-in-law, Naomi, and her God. Her character and faith in God brought her many blessings, including being listed in the genealogy of Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:5).
There are many other amazing women recorded in the Bible who were blessed by God because of their faith. It’s important to remember and learn from these faithful women as well.
WHAT IS FAITH?
Faith is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” Hebrews 11:1. Sarah was well beyond the childbearing years, yet she bore Isaac just as God had said. She judged God to
be faithful in what He had promised, and she was blessed because of her faith. The Bible chronicles many such women of faith— women who believed and trusted in God. Their stories are found
throughout the scriptures.
For example, the story of Rahab is found in Joshua 2. She was a Gentile, and is mentioned again in Hebrews 11:31 as having faith, “By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not
believe, when she had received the spies with peace.”
One of the most fascinating statements of faith is found in Hebrews 11:35, “Women received their dead raised to life again.” Examples abound of both Israelite and Gentile women having faith. Who were those women?
We may not often read their brief stories, but in each case, the faith of those women and those around them were increased and reading of their experiences helps us also increase our faith in God. Article is adapted from “Life Hope & Truth” website.