2 Kings 4:8
“And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.”
We live in times when the definition of great women has been distorted. When a lady submits herself to the roles God wants her to be, she can rise to heights that the modern day woman will never achieve. The verse above talks about the Shunammite lady being a “great woman.” When you study this chapter, you discover several characteristics that make her a great woman. Let me share these characteristics with you.
First, she was good with money. This lady and her husband had the means to build extra rooms and to care for the man of God. This could not have happened if they didn’t have money. The Scriptures don’t tell us how much money they had; we just know they had money. They would not have had money had this lady spent frivolously. Every lady needs to be a contributor in knowing how to handle finances properly, and in not being a spender. Just because you think you need something doesn’t mean you should purchase it. A great woman will be more apt to save than to spend.
Second, she had spiritual discernment. This lady said about Elisha, “I perceive that this is an holy man of God.” The spiritual discernment of this lady is needed in all ladies. A lady with spiritual discernment will do more for her family than a lady who rises to the top of the corporate world will ever do. Every lady should strive to study the Scriptures and pray so they can obtain spiritual discernment from God to make spiritual decisions in the home.
Third, she sought to meet the needs of others. This lady saw that Elisha passed through their area often, and she desired to build a room for him to be able to rest in when he came through. A great woman is a need-filler. Any lady who desires to be great should strive to meet the needs of others, and especially the needs of her own family.
Fourth, this lady followed her husband’s leadership. When she saw the need of a room for the prophet, she suggested it to her husband and allowed him to make the decision. It may not be popular in our day for ladies to submit and follow their husband’s leadership, but a great lady understands the power of following her husband instead of bossing and nagging at him.
Fifth, this lady cared for her children. The father in this story sent the sick boy to his mother because he had the confidence that she knew how to care for the boy. A great woman won’t pawn her children off on others, but she will desire to be with her children to raise them instead of shoving them off on others to get them “out of her hair.”
Sixth, she knew who to run to in her time of trials. In her biggest trial of life, this lady ran to the man of God to get help from God. Great women don’t run to social media to dump their problems for everyone to see, but they run to God in prayer and dump their problems on Him.
Seventh, she had faith in God’s power to do the miraculous. This lady didn’t doubt that God could raise her child to life, but she had the faith that God could give her child life again. One of the greatest assets a child could learn from their mother is the value of faith. A lady can influence her children to do great things for God if she is a person of great faith.