It’s always good to see such an awesome, otherworldly, hard-to-define quality like godliness lived out and fleshed out in other women. After all, as the saying instructs us, “One picture is worth a thousand words!” So take a look at Anna. Her story is found in Luke 2:36-38.
Luke’s words paint a poignant picture of this dear woman. From him we learn that Anna was an “older woman.” An 84-year-old woman (“of a great age,” explains Luke), Anna was widowed after only seven years of marriage. And Anna shows us what it’s like to live in a constant state of worship. What does a woman do who loves the Lord and is a widow? Well, our Anna devoted herself to the continual service of God and of His temple. She was a constant, faithful worshiper — not a casual attender or observer.
Anna lived her life in the temple. Anna’s life could have been a long, sad, and lonely one. But she filled it with glorious service to God. She centered her days on the temple, the worship of God, and the people who exalted Him there.
Anna lived her life in prayer and fasting. Both prayer and fasting are personal disciplines — quiet disciplines — that require commitment, dedication, self-control, and consecration to God. Anna devoted herself to these quiet disciplines and to a quiet, serious life of loving and worshiping God.
Anna lived her life in anticipation of the Savior. Anna looked for the Christ…and was blessed to see the baby Jesus when He was brought into the temple for the first time, to praise God for Him, and to speak of Jesus to all who entered the temple.
Can you imagine any more wonderful way to spend your life and your time and your days and your moments than to spend them in the Lord, immersed in Him, looking to Him, desiring Him beyond all that this poor world offers? You are most blessed to possess such a glorious calling.
The first step toward any noble goal is to desire it. And the “godliest” goal you can have in life is to set your affections on becoming this woman the Bible exalts so highly — a woman whose whole soul is absorbed in worshiping Him.
Dear Lord, I pray my life honors You and reflects the quality of godliness to others. May I use my time to Your glory. Amen.
A Woman’s High Calling ($5.00 while supplies last!) – Elizabeth shares the simple steps a woman can take to make these essentials a joyous reality—
- Growing in godliness
- Developing personal discipline
- Loving her husband and family
- Deepening in wisdom
- Managing her home
Do I devote myself to the quiet disciplines of fasting and prayer?
We’re to be constant, faithful worshipers — not casual attenders or observers.