I’ve grown up with wise spiritual women in my life. Both of my grandmothers were faithful believers and prayed faithfully for their family. My mother Susie is also a strong wise woman that faithfully prays, serves and leads in her church. She prays for me and my two brothers and our families every day.
My wife Vikki is such an inspiration with the way she faithfully serves others. I see her serving our neighbors, our friends, in our church at multiple campuses, and of course serving me. She is dependable, reliable and gets things done.
I also had a strong woman that came into my life and helped me in ministry. Wilma learned quickly, grew spiritually and became a leader and wise woman to many people. She helped build a large team of mentors at our church, that’s still going strong today. Many of the women she poured into are now leading ministries and other people.
During my five plus years at NewPointe Millersburg, while I was Campus Pastor, I had several women that consistently prayed for me, encouraged me and listened to me. Linda, Elaine and Beth have been such a blessing to me and many others. There are many other women that I’ve served with, worked with and been around that are wise spiritual leaders. I’m so grateful for how God has placed these women into my life at just the right times.
The Bible is filled with many amazing women that we read about, like Mary,Sarah, Ruth, Esther & Abigail. But I want to share a story about an unnamed wise woman that saved a city. We don’t know her name but she was an amazing woman.
The story is found in 2 Samuel 20. Let me set up the story for you. This is during the time of King David. Davids own son Absalom, had rebelled against him and they go to battle and his son is killed in battle. David is devastated and mourning the loss of his son. Another man sees an opportunity to rebel against the King. His name is Sheba, and he stirs up a group of people that want to over throw King David. King David finds out about this plan and he send his military leader Joab after Sheba, they chase him and his followers to a city called Abel. We pick up the story in verse 15:
“Joab and his troops came and surrounded Abel, so that no one could go in or come out. They made a dirt ramp up to the town wall and then started to use a battering ram to knock the wall down.
A wise woman shouted from the top of the wall, “Listen to me! Listen to me! I have to talk to Joab! Tell him to come here!” 17 When he came, the woman said, “Are you Joab?”
“Yes, I am,” he answered.
She said, “Please, listen to what I have to say.”
“All right,” he said. “I’ll listen.”
18 She said, “Long ago people used to say, ‘If you want good advice, go to the town of Abel to get it.’ The answers they got here were all that was needed to settle any problem. 19 We are Israelites, and we want peace! You can trust us. Why are you trying to destroy a town that’s like a mother in Israel? Why do you want to wipe out the Lord’s people?”
20 Joab answered, “No, no! I’m not trying to wipe you out or destroy your town! 21 That’s not it at all. There’s a man in your town from the hill country of Ephraim. His name is Sheba, and he is the leader of a rebellion against King David. Turn him over to me, and we will leave your town alone.”
The woman told Joab, “We will throw his head over the wall.”
22 She went to the people of the town and talked them into doing it. They cut off Sheba’s head and threw it to Joab.
Joab blew a signal on his trumpet, and the soldiers returned to their homes. Joab went back to David in Jerusalem.”
Here are my takeaways from this amazing story:
- God uses wise women leaders to bring peace and solve problems. It can be very helpful to have a woman’s perspective when trying to solve problems and make peace.
- This wise woman was more concerned about the people around her than herself. Wise women are selfless and have a heart for the people they serve. They willingly sacrifice of themselves and put themselves in danger in order to help those around them.
- I have seen countless women loving, leading and serving their families , friends, extended family and still running businesses, households and church ministries.
- This women had influence and was able to lead the entire community to make a hard decision. Wise women can mobilize people to get things done, and make a difference.
- She was decisive and moved quickly once she knew what had to be done. A wise women does not procrastinate, she has too many things to get done.
- This wise women did what she said she would do. She was confident and knew what steps were needed to solve the problem. She was a woman of solid character.
- She was direct and to the point. She went straight to the leader found out what the problem was and then put a plan together and made it happen quickly. I love that!
So to all the women, this is a message of encouragement to be bold and lead. Seek God with all your heart, get healthy spiritually & emotionally and see how God will use you to make a difference. Lead right where you are, in your family, your workplace, your community, your city and your church.
To all the men, appreciate the gifts God has given to the women around you. If you don’t have some strong, wise women in your life ask God to bring them around you. They will make your family, ministry, organization and community a better place. If you have wise women in your life be sure to thank them and appreciate them.