Have you ever been in a dangerous situation where all those around you were in a panic? How did you respond? Did you have the courage to take action when no one else would?

In today’s episode of All God’s Women we look at an unnamed woman from the city of Abel. When Abel was under siege and no one knew what to do, she stepped up and took charge.

In a time when her city was under siege, this woman calmly assessed the situation and took control.

We’ll likely never be in a situation quite like this particular one, but we’ve all experienced times of danger where it seemed everyone around us was running around scared with no plan of action. 

How do you act in such times? Do you make things worse, panicking, playing the drama queen, running around screaming you’re all going to die?

Do you seek out others to join you in your panic party? 

Do you huddle in a corner, trying to hide and hoping it will all just go away? 

Or do you go to the one in charge and ask him, what you should do in the situation? 

So often, we do all of the above and only seek out God as a last resort. We are blessed to know who’s always in charge, and we have twenty four hour direct access to Him to find out how to handle the situation.  

We don’t have to be a drama queen. We don’t have to run around in confusion. We don’t need to join panic parties. We don’t have to huddle in fear. 

All we need do is go directly to Him and ask Him what to do. And then, we have to do what He instructs.

Bible Study

Scripture Background

2 Samuel 20

Bible Study Review

  1. What was going on with the city of Abel?
  2. Who was in charge of the attack?
  3. How did one woman save her city?

Thoughts to Ponder

  1. What was everyone else doing when the woman took charge?
  2. Why did she speak to Joab?
  3. Why was she successful at getting people to listen to her?

Personal Reflection

  1. How do you react in times of chaos?
  2. Do other people listen when you talk?
  3. Are you willing to do unpleasant things if you know it’s the right thing to do?

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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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