Faith is the key to everything. No matter what we do, it is impossible to please God without faith. Hebrews 11:6 says “but without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” That’s why God was very fond of those who believed in Him whole-heartedly in the Bible. Below I want to explore 12 admirable women of faith in the Bible, who believed God despite obstacles, dangers, etc.
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12 Admirable Women Of Faith In The Bible
1. Esther – Faith over Decreet
Esther believed in the power of prayer and God’s mercy in time of need. So much so that she risked her life to intercede for her people before the king.
Esther 4:15-16 Then Esther told them to reply to Mordecai: “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” (NKJV)
2. Rahab – Faith over Sight
Rahab didn’t have to see God work in her life to believe in Him. In fact, Rahab believed in God’s power even before He rescued her and her family from Jericho.
Joshua 2:10-12 For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were on the other side of the Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. And as soon as we heard these things,our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the Lord your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath. Now therefore, I beg you, swear to me by the Lord, since I have shown you kindness, that you also will show kindness to my father’s house, and give me a true token. (NKJV)
3. Hannah – Faith over Words
Hannah believed that God was powerful enough to understand her pain, hear her prayer, and concede her biggest desire by simply praying in her heart. She didn’t have to speak out, yell, or even open up to a human being to be listened to. God was enough.
1 Samuel 1:11-13 Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” And it happened, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli watched her mouth. Now Hannah spoke in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli thought she was drunk. (NKJV)
4. Sarah – Faith over Circumstances
Sarah is a great example of someone who struggled to cling on to her faith, but didn’t let circumstances destroy it. Despite being sterile, being of old age, and waiting years to carry a child, Sarah didn’t waiver at the promise of God. When the time came to conceive and fulfill God’s purpose, she did so with grace and faith.
Hebrews 11:11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. (NKJV)
5. Jochebed – Faith over Danger
In order for Jochebed to save her son Moses, she had to fight all the odds against her, disregard her fear, and rely completely on God’s faithfulness. Jochebed knew that the Pharaoh was powerful enough to kill Moses, but she also knew that God was powerful enough to save Him from Pharaoh.
Exodus 2:2-4 So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months. But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank. And his sister stood afar off, to know what would be done to him. (NKJV)
6. Ruth – Faith over Past
Despite Ruth’s origin, past, and beliefs, when it was time to make a decision, she chose to believe in God and become part of His people. Ruth believed that a life with God in a foreign land would always be better than a life without him at home.
Ruth 1:16-17 But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; for wherever you go, I will go; and wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, and your God, my God. Where you die, I will die, and there will I be buried. The Lord do so to me, and more also, if anything but death parts you and me.” (NKJV)
7. Anna – Faith over Service
Anna, the Prophetess, did not let years of service to God stop her from being surprised by God at an old age. Routine can steal our spark or faith, but that was not the case for Anna. Unlike many others, the moment she met Jesus (even when He was just a child), she knew and believed that He was the Messiah everyone had been waiting for.
Luke 2:36-38 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem. (NKJV)
8. Eunice – Faith over Time
Eunice is praised in the New Testament for not only maintaining a sincere faith despite being married to a Greek, but also passing down the faith her mother Lois passed to her, to her son Timothy.
2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also. (NKJV)
9. Jael- Faith over Fear
Unlike Barak who was afraid to fight the current enemies of Israel like Deborah had asked him to, Yael demonstrated courage and faith by strategizing a plan to kill Sisera on her own. Yael had to believe God would give her victory in order for her to risk her life plotting against the Canaanite general. Because her faith was stronger than her fear, she was successful and became a heroine of Israel.
Judges 4:21-22 Then Jael, Heber’s wife, took a tent peg and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, and it went down into the ground; for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died. And then, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said to him, “Come, I will show you the man whom you seek.” And when he went into her tent, there lay Sisera, dead with the peg in his temple. (NKJV)
10. Lydia – Faith over Business
Lydia became the first person to convert to Christianity in Europe. Although she was a business woman, she put her faith first. Lydia was not only the first convert in Europe, but she was also the first to open her home to Christians in Europe. She’s the perfect example of God using our ordinary lives and gifts for extraordinary purposes.
Acts 16:14-15 Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us. (NKJV)
11. Martha – Faith over Pain
Although Lazarus’ death hurt Martha, she was still able to confess in such a painful time that Jesus was the son of God and state that who Jesus is capable of doing anything. Nevertheless, her faith was rewarded when Jesus resurrected Lazarus.
John 11:21-22 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” (NKJV)
John 11:27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” (NKJV)
12. Syrophoenician Woman – Faith over Obstacles
“Great is your faith” is what Jesus said to the Syrophoenician woman after her faith endured all the obstacles and tests in her way. She did not let shame, confrontation, or the fact that she was a Greek gentile stop her from believing that Jesus can indeed heal her demon-possessed daughter.
Matthew 15: 27-28 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman,great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour. (NKJV)
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I hope you enjoyed reading about these 12 admirable women of faith in the Bible. Let me know in the comments below women of faith stood out to you the most!
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