What are you putting your faith in? Is it your family? Your friends? Your church? What happens with they let you down? Is your faith strong enough to see you through the loss of everything you hold dear?

In today’s episode we look at a nameless woman married to a corrupt man of God, and though we know little about her, we know that she placed her faith everywhere but where it needed to be, and that’s in God Himself.

We’ve covered many women who inspire us to greatness because of their faith. Today we look at a woman who teaches us through her lack of faith. I wish we knew her name, but though we know her husband’s name, her father-in-law’s name, and her son’s name, God didn’t seem fit to share with us her name. Perhaps it’s because as a nameless woman she represents so many women filling the pews in churches every Sunday.

Many of us, like Mrs. Phinahes, have placed our faith in the things of this world. For some, it’s family. Others, it’s prestige or financial security. For many, the church itself has become an idol. 

In these days of turmoil, our faith has taken a beating as we’ve watched helplessly while everything we hold dear has been turned upside down. People we thought we could trust have let us down. Our security has been replaced with fear. And church as we knew it may never be the same. 

So how do we respond? Do we give up and die like Ichabod’s mom? Or do we use this turn of events to get down on our knees and seek a more personal relationship with God? Do we live in the fallen dreams of our past? Or do we search for new meaning and hope in this current situation we’re in? 

The glory was not gonel when the ark was stolen. In fact, better days were to come as Samuel, a godly man, took over as judge over Israel and led the wayward nation back to the Lord. 

Right now it’s not looking good for our country. We’ve allowed godless men and women to make a mockery of God. But the story isn’t over. In fact, we know how the story ends. God is the final victor. We just have to hold on to our faith, keeping our eyes on Him, and not lose sight of what it is He would have us to do.

Whatever happens in the days ahead, God is good, and his glory lives on. May we never forget that.

Bible Study

Scripture Background

1 Samuel 4

Bible Study Review

  1. Who was Ichabod’s mom married to?
  2. Who was her father-in-law?
  3. Where did she live?
  4. What does Ichabod mean?

Thoughts to Ponder

  1. What kind of marriage might Phinahes and his wife have had?
  2. Where did Ichabod’s mom place her trust?
  3. Had the glory truly left Israel?

Personal Reflection

  1. Where are you placing your trust?
  2. What might you have done in Ichabod’s mom’s situation?
  3. Do you know women in an unhealthy marriage? How might you be able to help them?
  4. Has the glory left our country?

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About the Author Sharon Wilharm

Christian women’s speaker, Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. “God is the Master Storyteller,” says Sharon. “I love helping women see how God is always at work behind the scenes laying the foundation for the glorious future He has in store for us.” Sharon is a firm believer in the power of prayer and has many stories to share of God working in miraculous ways in her own life as well as those around her. She’s passionate about teaching women how to pray and loves engaging with women in personal prayer. Wherever she goes, she finds herself surrounded by women in need of prayer, and she considers it an honor to pray with women whether they’re friends, family, or complete strangers. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She teaches a Women Through the Bible study at her church, applying the S.O.A.P. method of scripture study. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. She recently launched a new podcast where she works her way through the Bible sharing the stories of All God’s Women.

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