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Which woman of the Bible do you identify with?

The month of March came and left, as we celebrated the strong, powerful, and influential women over the last 31 days.

In Proverbs 31, many of us are familiar with the virtuous woman. If you read from verses 10-31, you will see the true essence of womanhood. Countless churches have held bible studies and programs further exploring the characteristics and qualities needed to become such a woman.

Too often we look to the women of our days for wisdom, knowledge, and examples. We rarely ever look to the women of the bible. Ever wondered which woman you identify the most with?

Would it be Esther, a young Jewish woman who God called to save her people? Or how about Mary Magdalene, who had lost her way and showed how your life can be turned around if you accept God’s love and everlasting promise for eternal life? Let’s not forget Hannah who prayed to God for a child. She was ridiculed by everyone, for her inability to have children.  Hannah never lost faith and God blessed her with three sons and two daughters. One of her sons, Samuel became a great man of God. Finally, Ruth who had lost her husband and stayed to look after Naomi, her mother-in-law despite her request to return home and seek a new husband. She did later marry another man named Boaz who cared for her and her in-law.

As the final days of this sinful earth quickly pass by, I see one woman who is too often emulated–Jezebel, a prophetess, seducer, and fornicator. Do you party like Herodias’ daughter? Some of our families are so desperate for marriage that they quickly find suitable men to freely offer their daughters like Delilah and Leah. Marriage is marriage, right? Don’t forget those of us who can’t wait to have children because we’re not getting any younger. So like Sarah, who did the opposite of Hannah, we take matters into our own hands. In Sarah’s case, she  encouraged her husband, Abraham to sleep with their handmaid, Hagar. She didn’t trust that God would bless her with child. How many of us lack the trust and faith in Christ that in His time He will bless us with the things and people we ask for? Then there’s Eve who was naive enough to listen to a talking serpent in a tree who tempted her with the power to gain the knowledge of good and evil.

These are just a few of the many women and personalities in the Bible. Some had characteristics that we lack, while others share our same traits as today’s women that is contrary to how a Christian ought to be. So which women of the Bible do you identify with?

While You Were Sleeping

Speaker: Edsel Cadet from Beraca SDA Church Queens, NY

Scripture Reading: Matthew 11:28-30

28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

As we go about our daily lives, we pray for directions, for signs that will allow us to navigate the path meant for us. Sadly, the signs are there, but we walk right past them. Most of us are sleepwalking.

We learned that Samson was such an individual.  He was born to Zorah and Manoah. (Read Judges 13) God gave them specific instructions. He was not to let a razor touch his head. He was not to eat anything unclean, nor consume wine or any strong drink. Samson was a Nazarite unto God. Samson was a man of extraordinary strength. No one knew that the source of his strength came from his hair. He was charged with the responsibility of delivering Israel out of the hands of the Philistines.  In Judges 16, we discover his story, a recollection of his demise.

Remember the special instructions God had given Manoah. Samsonn had put those guidelines aside to pursue a Philistine woman. His parents had warned him time and time again, but their counsel fell on deaf ears.  He had willingly chosen to ignore their warnings and live his life. He had set aside his divine calling for the love of a woman. He was originally going to marry one woman whose hand was given to another, because she had revealed the answer to a riddle he posted to the Philistines and he had walked out as a result.

In Judges 16: 14, we see that Samson fell in love with another woman, his former fiance’s sister. She could not be trusted. Shw wasn’t in love with him. She was bought by the Philistines who wanted to kill Samson.

14And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.   5And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.

We learned that true love doesn’t ask you to compromise your godliness. Samson did. You must always be a witness unto others. You shouldn’t be with someone you don’t trust. Samson was. Delilah was determined to learn the source of his strength. He gave her instructions that would temporarily appease her. She literally told him what she wanted to do and yet he didn’t listen. Judges 16:6 says, “And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.”

Time and time again, he “slept” in her bed and never realized she and the Philistines were plotting against him. Then it was too late.

God will not put more on you than you can bear. It is true that God will free you, but many of us take on these challenges. Don’t take upon yourself more than you can bear. Don’t test your ability to withstand temptation. You may be strong now, but it may not last over time, leaving you to fall victim.

There ought to be no intimacy without commitment.  Marriage is commitment, nothing less than that. We pray for something or someone and we accept what may look like our answer, but isn’t. God didn’t choose this or him/her for you.  You did.

Adam slept as well.  He trusted God who had him rest as he created Eve from his rib bone. (Read Genesis 2)    21And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; Adam had no doubts at all. He slept and out of it came good. We need to fall asleep in order to see what’s been right in front of us all along, to keep us out of trouble, focused on God alone.

God gave Adam a home, a job, and a ministry. (Genesis 2:15) Many of us are running after the opposite sex when we need to work on ourselves, preparing for that future.

The act of resting in God is a form of trust that God will do what He wants for us and it’ll be good. Learn from Samson’s mistake. Rest in Him. Let Him guide you on the path that has already been paved for you.

If we don’t have faith in God to order our relationships, we can safely say that we don’t have faith in God as our Savior. If you see that you have not been trusting God to order your relationships, do you really trust Him to save your soul?  Many of us stay in sin because we don’t truly believe in God and we are living by routine. It was by faith that Adam and Eve were able to live after they sinned. We should submit these smaller things to Him so that we can submit greater things to Him. Let Him be your guide.

Thanks for reading and remember God loves you. Be blessed!