Superheroes of Faith
I’ll never outgrow my need for superheroes.
Superheroes use their extraordinary abilities to make the world a better place. But not all superheroes wear capes.
My superheroes are women of faith empowered by the Spirit of God. I am grateful to the Lord for the godly women he has brought into my life to mentor me. One in particular prayed for me and many others despite her poor health and constant pain. Her faithfulness, wisdom, and godly character offered me examples of love, hope, and courage that changed my life.
In teaching me the scriptures, she introduced me to the following women of faith. I devoured their stories of faithfulness in the face of opposition and even persecution.
1. Biblical Women of Faith
- Deborah. As a prophetess and judge in Israel, she led her people into battle, defeating their enemy.
- Ruth. Her devotion to her mother-in-law and her humble service is a beautiful example of selfless love.
- Esther. Even though a queen, she recognized the significance of her position and risked her life on behalf of her people. God had raised up Esther for a specific time and purpose.
- Mary. When the angel announced the birth of Jesus, Mary believed the God of the impossible. She believed even when she didn’t understand.
2. Modern-day Women of Faith
- Elizabeth Elliot. After her husband was martyred by the Auca Indians in Ecuador, Elizabeth took her young daughter and lived among the tribe who murdered her husband. Her sacrifice resulted in the salvation of this unreached people group. She mirrors God’s bigger picture of love and forgiveness.
- Dr. Helen Roseveare. While establishing hospitals in the Congo, Dr. Roseveare was subjected to many atrocities for five months under the hands of rebel terrorists. After her rescue, she rebuilt the hospitals that had been destroyed and continued to care for the needs of the African people. She persevered in her call despite persecution.
- Gladys Aylward. When a missionary board dismissed Gladys for her lack of language skills, she refused to be deterred from her calling. She spent her entire savings, boarded a train, and traveled through Siberia to China. She recognized God had opened a door for her to preach the gospel when the Chinese government requested her assistance to travel the countryside and discourage the footbinding tradition. During the Japanese invasion, she led more than 100 orphans over the mountains to safety. In her yes to God, she received a mother’s heart for the children of China.
- Corrie ten Boom. Corrie and her sister Betsy endured the brutality of the Ravensbruck concentration camp as punishment for hiding Jews in Nazi Germany. Despite the starvation and cruelty, they prayed and shared Scripture with their fellow prisoners, offering hope in the midst of darkness.
3. Unsung Women of Faith
- Overcomers. Women who have overcome adversity and tragedy. Whether suffering a loss or a health crisis, they continue to serve Jesus with joy.
- Prayer Warriors. Women who persevere in prayer when the battle seems never-ending and they wonder if they have enough strength to carry on. But they hold on to the promises of God and pray.
- The Faithful. Women who are faithful to the call of God, no matter how insignificant the task may seem.
- The Courageous. Women who continue to say yes to God. Yes to the unknown. Yes to leaving their comfort zones. Yes in the face of fear. Yes to testifying to the goodness and faithfulness of God in the midst of fiery trials.
How God has impacted my life through the lives of women I have known and those I never met!
Not all are missionaries or Bible characters. But these courageous women, spanning the ages, inspire me with their wisdom and offer me hope. Many would never consider themselves courageous or heroic. They challenge me, teach me godly character and provide me with a roadmap when I face adversity. Through their examples, I have learned to forgive, overcome obstacles, and love difficult people.
They make my world, our world, a better place. Many are unsung heroes of faith, the unseen, living quiet godly lives empowered by the Holy Spirit. But their works are noted in heaven.
These are the women I honor—my superheroes. They are followers of Jesus: everyday women who have faced challenges and overcome adversity. They are not clothed with superhero capes, but with strength, dignity, and joy.
Charm can be misleading, and beauty is vain and so quickly fades, but this virtuous woman lives in the wonder, awe, and fear of the Lord. She will be praised throughout eternity
Proverbs 31:30 (TPT).
Who are the superheroes of faith in your life?