If you were to consult the culture they would probably tell you that you become a woman when you get your period, or when you have sex for the first time. Womanhood looks like taking to the streets with banners of self-esteem. Burning bra’s. Demanding respect.
But I think we all know that those things don’t make anyone anything. Our experience’s or expectations don’t make us who we are. There is something deeper and more personal that make girl’s into ladies. So I thought on this National Womens Day we would take a brief look at a few of my favorite women in scripture.
Hannah was the wife of Elkanah. And her story begins with her deep pain. She is barren and her desire for children is so fierce that when she sobbed in prayer before the Temple she was accused of being drunk. After the Lord opened her womb, she gave birth to a son and named him Samuel. And instead of grasping onto Samuel as though he was her’s alone, she gave him back to the Lord by bringing him to the Temple to be of service to the Priest’s. In all her life her loyalty was to the Lord.
What made Hannah a woman? She was a woman of prayer, worship and devotion. Read 1 Samuel 2:1-10 to read her beautiful words of praise to God.
Mary was a poor, young woman (ages 14-16 years old), who was born and raised in Nazareth. She was betrothed to Joseph when she was faced with an angel of the Lord. He told her she would conceive a son; the promised Messiah. And although this encounter made her fearful at first, she willingly accepted her role in God’s grand plan. Even knowing she would face severe scrutiny from her community and maybe even death. Although she was young, she served her King with all her life.
What made Mary a woman? She was submissive, obedient and faithful in her walk with the Lord. Read Luke 1:46-45 to read Mary’s lovely song to God.
Lydia of Thyatira is known to be the first christian convert in Europe. We don’t know too much about her other than she was very rich and she offered her home as a safe haven for Paul, Timothy and Silas in Phillipi on their missionary journey. Her zeal for the Lord is what made her open up her home to three christian men in need of somewhere to stay. And it is obvious that she used her riches to further the kingdom.
What made Lydia a woman? She was hospitable, caring and unselfish. You can read her story in Acts 16.
We ought to learn from these woman as we strive to be woman ourselves. They went before us as the Lord Willed them to and we will meet with them one day. But our first motivation should be to honor God in all that we do.
What makes us woman isn’t our ability to have children or our ability to demand rights, it is our faithfulness to a sovereign God. What makes us woman is full submission to His will. What makes us women is our undivided devotion to the One who designed us to be just as we are.