Is there a shero within you? If you have faith in God, you have the crux that gives courage to do hard. “Faith” is so much more than a gold-plated script hung on an elegant chain or calligraphy on the family room wall. Faith is unquestioning belief in God’s goodness that does not require circumstantial proof. This faith commits to the things of God, regardless the cost. Daughter of the Most High, this faith is yours for the asking. So, when you are in that dark alley of hard, or even the impossible, and your heart beats wildly, remember, trust! No matter the outcome, He is always good. God will never stop loving you or forsake His sovereignty over you.
This faith is found in a shero of the Old Testament, Jehosheba. Referenced in 2 Kings 11:2 and 2 Chronicles 22: 11, Jehosheba courageously trusted God, going against family conformity, against evil, and risking her life to save her nephew, Israel’s future king.
Jehosheba was raised in a grossly evil line of narcissistic family royalty, the granddaughter of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. Yet, through an alliance, was also the granddaughter of the faithful king, Jehoshaphat. Her mother, Athalia, was even more evil than Ahab and Jezabel, putting control of the throne above any human decency. Jehosheba’s father, Jehoram, (Jehoshaphat’s son), was killed, and she became surrounded by the evil influence of her mother, Athalia. Her “golden child” brother, Ahaziah, was also killed. Since he was the king, and his mother’s safeguard to controlling the throne, Athalia went on a rampage to kill any family member left who could possibly take the throne from her, killing her own grandbabies!
Despite the danger if she was discovered, Jehosheba stole and hid her baby nephew, Joash. And the rest is history! As we know, Joash is the boy who became king at age seven, part of God’s plan to fulfill His promise to David, of a kingdom and throne that would be established forever. For six years, Jehosheba risked her life, hiding Joash in the temple and saving him from her evil mother’s annihilation.
We can be encouraged; first, that women have been and are called to stand against conformity, against evil or injustice, and be God’s warrior sheros! And second, we have an opportunity to change the course of our outcome and be the shero of our own story! Ask God for faith and courage to face the hard in front of you right now. What is it in your dark alley? What’s causing your heart to beat wildly? Remember, trust! No matter the outcome, He is always good. God will never stop loving you or forsake His sovereignty over you.
Keep reaching out, boldly interceding, and courageously following Christ! You play an integral part in God’s plan! Joash not only carried out David’s line of kings, but was the bloodline of Jesus, our Savior and King who sits on the throne forever! I am not sure which side of heaven, but one day we will each see how our faithfulness and bravery played a part of His greater plan! Yes, sweet daughter of the Most High, there is a shero within you!
“Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” - Deuteronomy 31:6.