These stories speak of motherhood. On one hand, the story speaks to the power of motherhood on a national level being played out on a larger social stage. On the other hand, the story is beyond Israel’s borders and is played out on the more intimate stage of family life where perseverance and tenacity are displayed. In both accounts, God is the key player. Both are illustrations that God is aware of people’s needs and is at work in meeting those needs.
In both accounts, a person of strength, because of their faith and knowledge of God, is brought alongside someone in need of that strength. God brings them together to work out his plan.
Both stories give us examples of how God would have us, as mothers, as women of God in our time to look to him, for strength and direction. To be women that have confidence in our God.
Daniel tells us that the people who know their God shall be strong and do great exploits.
Zechariah tells us that it is “not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit says the Lord.”
Zephaniah puts it this way: “Do not fear, let not your hands be weak. The Lord your God is in your midst. The Mighty One will save. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will quiet you in his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.”