But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 1 Corinthians 1:27
This is the verse that first came to my mind. As I reminded myself of the definitions of mighty, I wavered upon this verse. There are truly so many examples of strength, mental, spiritual and physical strength in the Bible, as the word “mighty” applies to women. This verse applies to women very much; we are often thought of as weak, and yes, even foolish. Rejoice! Our Creator thinks no such thing!
First, using the word as an adverb, appropriate synonyms to mighty could be very or extremely. An example: “It was mighty kind of you to help me.” The word mighty hints at strength. Although not regularly said this way today, years ago someone might have expressed gratitude by saying: “It was powerful kind of you to help me.” Powerful/mighty: Get it?
Let us look at the descriptive aspects of mighty and some examples of mighty women of the Bible. Did you know that “this word” was never used to describe a woman in Scripture? The Bible does describe men as mighty and whether this is a positive or a negative attribute has much to do with how they used their strength.
When we think of the word mighty, we think of one – usually a man – that is strong and brave. We consider that weather conditions are described as mighty. The waves of the ocean are described as mighty.
We think of God as the One that is Mighty, above all.
But Ladies, might is available to us and is shown throughout Scripture.
Ruth, the daughter-in-law of Naomi stayed with her. (Read the account in The Book of Ruth.) She had the fortitude to stand by her faith and the woman, Naomi, that likely introduced her to it. Ruth was strong when she went to the field to work. She was strong when she trusted Naomi’s wisdom where Boaz was concerned. In fact, Boaz observed her strength in multiple ways, emphasized by her faith.
Deborah was one of the judges of Israel, the only woman recorded. (Judges, chapter 4). She challenged Barak to go to battle as God had commanded and he said he would not go unless she came. And so she did. Interesting story this is, but this woman, mighty Deborah went and as Scripture predicted, she would become the hero in this story.
Esther (The Book of Esther) was a strong woman, who did what she was called to do in order to save the Israelite people, her people. By custom, she knew that her choice to approach the king, despite his being her own husband – could cost her own life.
Abigail (1 Samuel, chapter 25) is described as being wise, having a beautiful countenance and being married to a terrible man, Nabal. God prompted her to help King David and his men using staples from their home. If this was not brave …. You will want to read the story.
Rahab. The Bible describes her as a harlot, quite likely a prostitute and well-known in the town; she was not thought well of and likely had mighty low self-esteem, yet she found the courage to follow her faith and hide the spies because she knew them to be of God, in Whom she believed.
Little Mary, a virgin of great faith. (Luke, chapter 1) She willingly became a vessel for the incarnation of my Saviour, and yours. I am sure she imagined the mockery and disdain she would face and I am sure her imaginations paled in comparison to what actually happened. The angel told Mary of God’s plan for her life and she willingly received it. Years later, she watched her son, Her Saviour crucified. Mary’s strength is unquestionable and I marvel.
Another Mary, who walked into a house where men were dining, approached her Saviour, poured out precious ointment upon His feet. She dried Jesus’ feet with her hair. No doubt, in the background she heard some of the comments and jeers but she continued on with her mission, her burden strengthened by love.
Mighty women whose stories are told in the Bible. Others we do not know their names, including 2 of my favorite. The great woman of Shunem that ministered to God’s man, Elisha. She showed mighty faith when she said “it shall be well” as she faced the possible loss of her son with a faith that did not seem to waiver. She insisted, “It is well.” She lived faith in good and difficult times, a sure act of strength. Her description as a great woman is not mine, but this is how she was described in the Bible. (The 2nd Book of the Kings, chapter 4.)
Let me end with the other woman whose name is not given, yet we know her well and her strength is unquestionable. Her circle of ministry was great, beginning at home. We can learn much about her in 21 short verses, the last verses of Proverbs 31, beginning with verse 10. This is the woman that first comes to my mind when I think of a mighty woman. Centuries have passed since she lived, but today she remains an example of what a woman can be today. For the most part, she could be our contemporary. This is why I relate so well to her, aspire to her example.
These women lived very different lives from each other and each possessed irrefutable strength. One predominant trait in their lives was shared. They were women of great faith. They exercised their faith and so became stronger in it. Many women profess belief, but when put to a test, they choose not to participate.
If you can combine your faith, your confidence in God with discipline and action, then you too can be a mighty woman.
Great And Mighty Is The Lord Our GodGreat And Mighty Is He
Great And Mighty Is The Lord Our GodGreat And Mighty Is He. Marlene Bigley
A Crumpet to Chew on:
This past week you must’ve see the Cancel Culture take their stab at Dr. Seuss. I am not one of Dr. Seuss’ greatest fans, but he has amused me. I have a few books for the grandchildren, and bought 1 for myself! You’re Only Old Once! Honestly, I couldn’t really relate to it, so maybe I am not there yet.
But what we must “chew on” is that something is being cancelled or censored each week; this is to condition our minds as the foundation is being laid today to take away our Bibles tomorrow.
I encourage you: If you are a woman of faith, be mighty in it. Be active in your church. Read that Book and believe it. Allow it to strengthen you and change you. The cancel culture needs to know that our faith is living and so is the Book of our Faith. We may have to fight for our Bible in our life time. If we are not convinced of its value, I do not think we will fight for it.
Saturate yourself in it and protect your mind by putting only good things into it. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Psalms 119:11. One more little nugget: Psalms 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible, but it is rich in what you need for your life. It will take 15 to 20 minutes to read it. It always takes me longer than that; each time I read this Psalm I pause to reflect on a verse that I need in my life that day. Is that testimony enough to convince you of the treasure trove that Psalms 119 is?
Psalms 119 is usually where I turn when I am looking for answers and don’t know where to turn.