Meet Mrs. Abraham, aka Sarah. Military wives, you think you’ve moved a lot? Sarah was a wrap-up-the-tent and pack-it-on-the-camels, country-hopping expert! And guess what, things did NOT always go so well for her… as you have discovered in your homework.
I have been mulling over two thoughts this past week:
“Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” -George Santayana (p.83) Do you remember our theme verse from the first day of class? Romans 15:4 says “Whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.”
Ladies – we need to learn from the past! From our own past, and from the experiences of others. When we look back we should be encouraged and have hope – God is faithful. We will not be abandoned. He is our ‘ezer – our Helper, a Mighty Warrior, our Strength, and our Refuge!
Secondly, why am I always trying to fix things myself? Wouldn’t it be a lot easier, less stressful, and turn out better in the end if I just let God do it His way? Without my meddling? “Some of us never see God’s miraculous provision because we’re too busy trying to fulfill our own needs through the arm of the flesh.” (p.88)
We’ll talk more about “helping God out” next week, lesson #4 – Hagar.
“The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” George Muller (p.82)
How impressed I am with Mrs. Noah! She endured 100 years of ark-building by her husband, brought her sons and daughters-in-law up in the Lord, and persevered in spite of being surrounded by wickedness. How much faith she had to cope with all the unknowns… Though we do not know her name, she was significant to God and she was saved!
I have been having my own Mrs. Noah (or Mrs. Abraham!) moments this week… And I am convicted that I must play my role well – to be a support to and refuge for my husband. Let us pray for each other to do the same!
“The Lord is a sun and shield, no good thing does He withold from him whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11
Eve – how we are so much like her! Tempted to doubt God’s goodness, vulnerable to deceit, plagued by shame and wanting to hide, blaming someone else, and willing to usurp the relational order God established at creation. Thank goodness we have a God who seeks us when we want to hide and the promise of a Redeemer!
After our discussion today, I wanted to highlight two books that may interest you:
The Strategy of Satan by Warren Wiersbe – one of the best books on spiritual warfare I have ever read. It highlights Satan’s roles as the Deciever, Destroyer, Ruler, and Accuser.
Lost Women of the Bible by Carolyn James – Profiles of women often forgotten in other studies.
“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” 2 Cor 11:3