There are many Bible verses about women but we can easily think that the Bible doesn’t have much to say that’s inspiring about women at all. The genealogies found throughout the Old Testament for example, only list the men of each family.
The truth is, there are so many stories about women in the Bible to be moved, inspired and encouraged by. In book after book of the Bible, women play pivotal roles in the unfolding of history and the story of our salvation.
Bible verses about women to inspire you
The Bible is filled with examples of women being bold, brave and unshakeable in their faith. Here are four stories of women in the Bible to inspire and encourage us.
Elizabeth’s discipline and dedication will challenge you
In Luke 1, we learn about Elizabeth, wife of a priest called Zechariah.
In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. Both of them were righteous in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. But they were childless because Elizabeth was not able to conceive, and they were both very old. Luke 1: 5-7
Further on in Luke 1 we see Zechariah praying and pleading with God to bless him and his wife with a child. We know that the couple were desperate to have a baby.
“Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.”” Luke 1: 11-13
The point to note about Elizabeth is that she was an old woman, desperate to have a child but probably without hope of ever having one. And yet, she was ‘righteous in the sight of God’. She observed the Lord’s commands and decrees blamelessly. Elizabeth didn’t give in to disappointment or bitterness, even after a lifetime of unanswered prayer, her faith stood firm. She remained righteous in the sight of God, despite a life of heartache and grief that would cause many to withdraw from God.
Mary’s unquestioning faith will inspire you
When Mary heard from the angel Gabriel that she was going to have a child despite being a virgin, she simply believed. She didn’t doubt, she simply heard the word of God and believed it to be true.
How many of us struggle to believe less incredible things? Mary’s unquestioning faith is a true inspiration.
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; His kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1: 30-38
Esther’s bravery will move you
As you read Esther’s story, you’ll notice her incredible obedience and bravery, which eventually led to her saving a whole people group.
Esther, who had kept her identity as a Jew secret from the King, was in an incredibly vulnerable position. Yet, despite fearing for her life, she petitioned the King to save her people. It’s a story worth reading again and again as a reminder of how one women changed history.
“Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.” Esther 4: 16
Jesus’ appearance to Mary Magdalene will encourage you
If you’re ever in doubt of God’s heart for women, then remind yourself of the verses in the Gospel of John that describe Jesus’ resurrection.
Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus’ body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. They asked her, “Woman, why are you crying?” “They have taken my Lord away,” she said, “and I don’t know where they have put Him.” At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus.
He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking He was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have put Him, and I will get Him.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned toward Him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).
Jesus said, “Do not hold on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go instead to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them that He had said these things to her. John 20:11-18
Simon Peter and John had both come, at Mary’s request, to see the empty tomb. They were both there. But, who did Jesus reveal himself to? Mary Magdalene.
If you ever doubt your significance in church or the workplace then remember that moment – the moment where our resurrected King revealed Himself to a woman before anyone else.
Use these Bible verses about women in your prayer time
- “God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.” Psalm 46: 5
- “She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously; her arms are strong for her tasks.” Proverbs 31: 16-17
- “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil His promises to her!” Luke 1: 45
- “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.” Proverbs 31:25