People of Faith (Rahab & Hannah)

In our series on people of faith, we have looked at a few ordinary people who showed great amounts of faith and courage that inspire us today. Today we are going to look at a few more examples of female faith and the takeaways we gain from these stories. 

The most unlikely of people is one we are going to discuss first. The reason I say unlikely is because of who this woman was, or rather what her occupation was. This woman was a prostitute, a woman who gave her life to sinful lusts. Rahab was her name and she lived in the city of Jericho. It came to pass that Joshua had sent spies to Jericho and the spies stayed in Rahab’s house. Rahab hid them from the king and spared their lives. Because of this, when Israel attacked they spared rahab and her family. 

Rahab was a woman of faith. In Joshua 2:10, she explains how she had heard of what God did in Egypt and to other kings around. She feared the Lord and she knew who He was. She explained, “for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on earth below” (Joshua 2: 11). She had faith In God that she knew the city was going to be destroyed and she knew that hiding the spies was the right thing to do. Hebrews 11:31 says, “By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.” Rahab was a faithful woman because she did what was right even in the face of death. 

When it comes to faithful women, not many women surpass the amount of faith Hannah had in her God. At the beginning of the scroll of Samuel, a man named Elkanah had two wives and one was Hannah. The other wife had children and she made fun of and tortured Hannah every year because she had no children. Hannah prayed and prayed for a son. She prayed that if she would receive a son, she would dedicate him to the Lord. Later, she gives birth to Samuel, and she fulfills her promise. She dedicates him for the rest of his life. 

Hannah then worships the Lord and gives a beautiful prayer. She was faithful in prayer and God delivered. Because of this, she gives her only child to the Lord because she is faithful. In her prayer, she brings to light that God sometimes works in the opposite way we would expect him to (1 Samuel 2:4-5). She proclaims that God is the one who helps those in need and is in control of everything. Hannah was a woman of faith and believed in her God. This led to her answered prayer and a life dedicated to God. 

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