The Fearful Woman
Typically, when we think of the word fearful it comes with the connotation of being scared, afraid, or horrified. Some women may be fearful of losing their beauty so they have medical procedures to try and retain it. Others may be fearful of being alone, so they flock to any man that gives them a little attention. There are also women who may be fearful of failing or not being good enough. However, the fearful woman is not afraid of any of these things because her fear is not based on what she could lose or doesn’t have in her possession.
Her fear is based on reverence.
It is easy to allow our present circumstance to sway us into doing things that we could later regret. We begin to fear the worst and try to get ahead of God. In the end, we’ve only made things worse on ourselves. Take Sarah in the Bible for instance. She feared that she would not have a child of her own with her husband Abraham because of her old age. This fear made her think that if her husband impregnated her servant, this would be the only way she could have a child. Now I don’t know about you, but that is not how I would want to go about having a child.
But, I digress.
What seems to be a good idea during a time of despair, ended up leaving Sarah stressed, frustrated and more insecure than before. Can you recall making a decision out of despair, loneliness or frustration and it came back to bite you in the butt? Listen, I can personally say too many times to count. But don’t you know that God has not given us the spirit of fear? When we find ourselves overcome by fear, it is the trick of the enemy to get us to fall into his trap. By putting the matter in our own hands, we only delay what God has promised us.
So let’s stop reacting to the situation and start interacting with God.
On the other hand, Mary, the mother of Jesus was not a woman who feared but she was a fearful woman. Here she is a virgin, never knowing a man and an angel of God appears to tell her that she would have a son. Some of us are gripped with fear knowing that we did things that could produce a child. Mary, being innocent and pure, did not allow fear to overtake her even though she did not understand how this could be possible. She just simply answered,
“I am the Lord’s servant. May your word to me be fulfilled.”
Mary is a clear example of a fearful woman. One that trusts and reverences the Lord even in moments where she doesn’t understand. This type of woman does not concern herself with what the world says she should do. She relies on what God has told her. The fearful woman will not jump ahead of God and try to make things happen on her own but she will patiently wait for His best. She is confident in who she is, not needing validation from people.
Her mind is not easily persuaded to what she knows is wrong and out of God’s will for her life. There is respect within her for the Lord that keeps her focused on doing what pleases Him. Her love for God exceeds satisfying her own flesh.
What does it take to become a fearful woman?
It’s simple, yet it is not always easy. Love God and make Him a priority in your life. Seek Him by not only reading and hearing His word but by putting the Word into action. So I encourage you to strive to be the fearful woman and not a woman in fear.
In Relentless Pursuit,
“Charm and grace are deceptive, and [superficial] beauty is vain, But a woman who fears the Lord [reverently worshiping, obeying, serving, and trusting Him with awe-filled respect], she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:30 AMP