He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8 NIV
If you are a Christian woman, you likely draw great inspiration from the many faithful women mentioned in the Bible.
Who’s your favorite?
Do you pray for the loyalty of Ruth, the faith of Mary, the strength of Deborah, or the courage of Esther? Do you ever feel that your life, in comparison, is somewhat mundane?
Do you hope for the day God will call you to something more than office work, and laundry, and PTA, and use you to do something truly great for His kingdom, the way He used these women?
Well then, do I have a different kind of story for you.
Let’s talk about Moses. Not a woman, I know. His story, however, is packed with them. So packed, in fact, that it cannot be told without them.
From the moment he was born, women were Moses’ main protectors. The midwives disobeyed Pharaoh’s orders to kill all Hebrew boys and lied to him in order to spare the babies’ lives. Moses' mother hid him for months and eventually gave him up to God and the Nile in the hopes that he might survive. His sister, Miriam, followed him along the river to ensure his safety. Finally, in finding the baby Moses during her bath, the Egyptian princess took mercy upon the Hebrew babe, and in doing so, unknowingly freed her father’s slaves.
That is a lot of female inspiration for one story – a story that could have had a very different ending without these women. They saved the child that became the man that led God’s people to freedom. But let us remember that they did not set out to do anything great or heroic.
Moses’ mother and sister simply had faith that God would deliver their loved one. The Egyptian midwives did what they knew to be right, as women and people. And the princess? She did what billions of women do every day. She raised a child.
God used women from different races, cultures, and walks of life. He used women where they were – in their work, in their families, in their daily routines, to save a nation. They were ordinary women, living ordinary lives, who faced each challenge as it came, and reacted in the best way they knew how.
Most of us have never thought of these women as heroic. Perhaps we do now.
So the next time you start to think God is not using you, that you are not doing anything truly great to serve Him, that you should be out there “saving the world” like Moses, remember that God doesn’t ask us to save the world. He’s already done that. He only asks us to “act justly” like the midwives, “to love mercy” like the princess, and to “walk humbly” with Him like Moses’ mother.
God does not call us all to be Moses. Someone has to be Miriam.
Think of some examples from your own life.
Who are the women who made you who you are, who God used to change or save your life? Do they know?
Take some time today to tell them what they have done for you, and how they have been heroes in God’s plan for you.
God, Thank You for the opportunity You give us everyday to be part of Your glorious plan for the world. Thank You for giving us chance after chance to serve You in our daily lives. May we be faithful in the little things, for truly they are the big things. In the name of Christ, Amen.