Encouragement for Today

Encouragement For Today 6 July 2022 | Story-Shaped Women

Encouragement For Today 6 July 2022 | Story-Shaped Women

Encouragement For Today 6 July 2022 | Story-Shaped Women

Read and Meditate on Today’s Encouragement for Today 6th July 2022 Daily Devotional for New Month. God bless you as you study!

ENCOURAGEMENT FOR TODAY 6 JULY 2022 DEVOTIONAL

TODAY’S TOPIC: STORY-SHAPED WOMEN By Iva May

SCRIPTURE: “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” Romans 15:4 (NLT)

When my daughter was 3 years old, her grandparents gave her a video player and a handful of Disney videos. Cinderella was her favorite. I didn’t realize the impact that Cinderella’s story had on Jennifer until the day a salesman knocked at our screen door.

Jennifer was sitting in timeout (due to bad behavior) near the screen door when the salesman approached.

He asked, “Little girl, is your mother at home?”

Jennifer replied with “No, but my mean, wicked stepmother is!”

We are designed for story. Stories leave fingerprints in our minds and upon our hearts.

Until I read through a chronological Bible, it had never dawned on me that the Bible tells one big story. No individual book or narrative stands alone; all are part of the bigger story.

As I read the Bible chronologically, I identified patterns and made connections that I would have otherwise missed. For example, stories about courageous women permeate the big story:

  • The promise God made regarding Eve’s seed (Genesis 3:15) animates the story of the entire Bible. It’s as if God refused to redeem humanity without going through a woman’s womb.
  • The book of Joshua begins with the story of the faith and redemption of Rahab, a notorious Canaanite harlot. (Joshua 2:1-21; Joshua 6:22-25) God’s promise to Abraham to bless the nations began with a woman with a sordid past.
  • God turned sorrow into redemption through Naomi and Ruth’s story, embedded in the Judges story. While Israel did what was right in their own eyes, God worked below the radar to give them a king after His own heart. He did this through two widows.
  • The story of Hannah’s infertility marked the transition from the time of the judges to the Kingdom Era. (1 Samuel 1:1-2:21) God opened Hannah’s womb to bear a son, who anointed the first two kings of Israel. She had no idea that God would catapult her son into His story in this way.
  • Huldah’s counsel regarding the recently discovered Book of the Law found among the idols and rubbish in the temple invigorated both King Josiah’s faith and Judah’s revival. (2 Kings 22:14-20; 2 Chronicles 34:22-28) Her role in national revival is preserved in Scripture.
  • God positioned Esther as a queen, and Mordecai as an influencer and intercessor, for the Jewish exiles. God used a woman to preserve His people in exile.
  • Mary the mother of Jesus, and the many women spread throughout the Gospels, Acts and the Letters, show God’s delight in women!

In our key verse, Paul refers to the value of understanding the Old Testament story and the many cherished stories within: “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled” (Romans 15:4).

The story of Scripture teaches us, offers us hope and encourages us — all while we wait for the final chapter of Scripture to unfold in history.

Because God created us, He knows the impact a story can have on our hearts and lives. God wove His story throughout the Bible, knowing that we would see our reflection in it, and not only that but see His love for women just like you and me. How beautiful it is that we can be wholly shaped and transformed by the story of God’s Word.

And sister, the best news is: Who God was for the women of the Bible, He is for me and you!

Heavenly Father, I thank You for weaving the lives of women throughout Your story. I thank You for the hope that wells up in my heart as I consider that who You were for women of old is who You are for me. Thank You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Encouragement For Today 6 July 2022 | Story-Shaped Women

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