The Shunammite woman is one of the great women of faith in the Bible whose level of faith and commitment to God is worth studying. There are so many lessons to be learnt from her but below, I will be sharing seven out of these great lessons. To have a better understanding, please read h2 Kings 4 : 8-37.
SHE WAS PROMINENT:
Being a woman is not an excuse to be poor. You have every right to fulfill your purpose as a person and be relevant. The Proverbs 31 woman was a godly woman who managed her home with her wealth. The Shunammite woman was a woman of influence and affluence. In 2 Kings 4 : 8, the Bible recorded that she was a prominent woman and in 2 Kings 4 : 13 when Elijah offered to talk to people in high positions on her behalf, she simply said, “I live among my own people” In other words, these are people she has access to if she wants. Be a godly woman of influence and affluence. It makes you a woman with a striking difference.
SHE WAS ACCOMMODATING (HOSPITALITY):
The Bible recorded that this woman persuaded the man of God to eat bread. Some women are not even in the position of power yet but pride has eaten deep into them. Hospitality should be one of the attributes of every virtuous woman. As a woman, learn to accommodate people. You shouldn’t be very aggressive at people. Be accommodating and hospitable. Offering your guest a cup of water or whatever you can afford is not a bad idea.
SHE WAS DISCERNING:
As much as we all need discerning spirit as Christians, women need it more. This woman was spiritually sensitive enough to discern that Elisha was not just any man. Women are spiritual watchmen over their homes but only a woman with discerning spirit can watch well. The Shunammite woman’s husband must have also been seeing Elijah too but didn’t perceive anything.
A woman with a striking difference activates her spiritual lenses so that she can sight dangers or blessings from afar like an eagle.
SHE WAS A GOOD COUNSELLOR:
One of the greatest tragedies that can happen to a man is to marry a bad counselor. It is naturally one of the duties of women to give counsel to their husbands. No wonder God calls us “helpmeet”. Through the history of the Bible, we see several results of women who gave good counsel and those who gave bad counsel. The initial helped the man to fulfill God’s will while the latter led him to destruction. But the Shunammite woman gave godly counsel to her husband. This counsel in return brought about answers to their prayers. Only a woman full of God’s words and wisdom can give a godly counsel unto her husband.
SHE KNOWS GOD:
The account of the Shunammite woman revealed that she knows God. Not just knowing Him but she references Him, by honouring the man of God. (“Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me.” Matthew 10: 40) 1 Kings 4 : 13 also revealed that it was her tradition to go visit the man of God during new moon or Sabath for worship. It is not enough to be a wife, it is sweeter and better when you are a wife who knows God. It adds icing to your cake and makes it more beautiful. Be full of the knowledge of God and serve God.
SHE HAD FAITH AND WAS FEARLESS:
One of the women of faith in the Bible who I love so much is this woman. Her level of faith is topnotch. Listen, faith and fear are on two different extreme ends. If you have faith in God, you will not exhibit fear. After her only child died, the Shunammite woman didn’t even inform her husband about it yet. She was certain her help cannot come from her husband at that moment except from God. She believed God who gave her the child was capable of bringing him back to life so she ran to the man of God.
As women, we need to build our faith in God. Life will throw different things at you but your faith in God will keep you fearless. God doesn’t fail those who believe in Him. He didn’t fail this Shunammite woman. He can’t fail you. You think this woman was not pained? You think she lost her emotion as a mother? No! 1 Kings 4: 27 reveals she was troubled as a mother but she held unto her faith in God. Only your faith in God can save you in times of trouble.
SHE WAS APPRECIATIVE:
One of the most difficult things for some women is appreciation. Learn to appreciate God and learn to appreciate people. In 1 Kings 4: 37, the Shunammite woman fell at the feet of Elisha appreciating him and appreciating God.
She understands that the gift of the child at the first place was from God. If God chooses not to bring the child back to life, what can she do? Nothing! It is not going to change the fact that He is forever God. Whatever it is you think you are going through doesn’t change who God is. Your refusal to praise Him is not going to decrease Him an inch instead you are destroying yourself the more. Why not just keep worshipping, thanking and praising Him forever and ever?
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. . (Ephesians 3:20-21)
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Written by: Ifeoluwa Akinbo
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