One was a young widow supporting herself by the generosity of others. The other was a pageant beauty living in a house of royalty.

One became the great-grandmother to King David and is listed in the genealogy of Jesus. The other will forever be remembered as a woman who acted bravely and saved her people.

Ruth, the widow, was willing to leave her homeland and her gods to follow her destitute mother-in-law’s one true God. Ruth’s famous words took her to unimaginable places. “Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God,” (Ruth 1:16).

Esther, a young Jewish girl, used her beauty to convince a king to save her people. Her battle cry still holds weight even today reminding women that God will use them no matter their circumstances. “I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish,” (Esther 4:16b).

In the sixty-six books of the Bible, only two books are named after women; yet they couldn’t be more different. One has little means. The other is a future queen. They become two of God’s most famous sheroes of faith. I think these contrasting pictures show us how God works in our world. Simply, he uses anybody who is willing. No matter where you are on your journey, what your circumstances are, or what your socioeconomic status, God WILL use you if only you say “yes.”

As you read this, perhaps you are sensing God is leading you to go somewhere (and I don’t mean across the world, maybe he just wants you to go across the street). Or is it possible he is asking you to use your circumstances to take a first step? To you; it may not seem like a big step at all, but in God’s kingdom plans; your one small step might just change the world.

Ruth. Esther. So different yet both sheroes.

If you are reading the Bible along with me this year, we are about to read the books of Ruth and Esther. I’m so excited! Even if you have not been reading along with me thus far, jump into the books of Ruth and Esther. You’ll love these gals.

Here is the link to the Bible Reading Plan I am using for 2023. You can join me anytime. 2023 Reading Plan

This article was re-published with permission from Susan Campbell. Original article can be found here.

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