An Interview with Simisola Rasheed on Sarah

Today's interview comes from the lovely Simisola Rasheed- vlogger from the YouTube series "Courtship and Beyond," where she encourages people that God's standard for relationships and marriage is attainable. In line with this she has a very interesting perspective on Sarah (her favourite woman of the Bible) and what we stand to learn from her on the subject of submission both to God and the vision that He has given (our) husbands.

Who is your favourite woman of the Bible and why? What would you say that modern women can learn from her?

Many women in the Bible inspire me for the various different things they have done; so it's really hard to choose just one lol. However, for the season of life that I am in right now, I would say Sarah (the wife of Abraham) is my favourite Biblical woman.

Most people know her for sniggering when the Lord said she would have a child in her old age, but to me she stands out for the belief that she had in her husband’s vision. The Lord asked Abraham to leave his well established home and family to go to the land of Canaan (Genesis 12:1-9). This was a land that was occupied by another nation, a land that at face value was nothing compared to where they were leaving. It would have been easy for her to tell Abraham that he was being foolish, and even question what God had told Him, but Sarah did not do this. She stood with him, and submitted to the vision the Lord gave to Abraham. Scripture even commends her for this in Hebrews 11:11.

Please finish the sentence: I am a Christian woman who is...

I am a Christian woman who is called by God to encourage this generation (and generations to come) that His standard for Christian relationships is indeed possible, and His purpose for marriage will still stand. In the midst of the broken homes, an increase in sex outside of marriage, perversions, and abusive relationships- God is raising up a generation of godly marriages that bring glory to Him by demonstrating the relationship He has with His bride, the church. 

Please finish the sentence: I am a Christian woman who is not...

I am a Christian woman who is not afraid to submit to the husband God has blessed me with. Many have an issue with submission because they feel it makes them inferior. That is a lie that the enemy has used to turn so many into “independent women” who rebel against male authority. Submission does not mean inferiority! It is a form of strength. By definition it means ‘to place under’. A woman has been called to place her vision beneath the vision God has given her husband for the home. If your purposes truly align; your vision will be fulfilled as you work towards his. God made men and women equal but different (different in terms of the roles they both have). When Eve ate the fruit in the garden of Eden God went to Adam for an account; not Eve because God made man responsible for the home. Let’s be women who are confident in our roles (whether single, or married), and support our husbands as they walk in theirs when the time comes.


Related: An Interview with Michelle Shaw on Ruth and Hannah

Any final words of encouragement?

Our Christian walk is an active walk. Things don’t happen for the believer if they are passive. Get hungry for the word of God, allow it to become the air you breathe. There are so many wonderful promises in the word that we often miss out on because we don’t know they are there. There are many times God wants to speak to us but we don’t hear Him because we haven’t spent enough time in the word to know what He sounds like. Sisters please fall in love with the word. Your life will not stay the same!