The Bible recommends that you follow those who have obtained what you are striving for. These people are examples whom you respect and have received the testimonies you desire. The Bible says: “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come” (1 Corinthians 10:11). One major way of being “followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:12) is through their biographies. These could be a book, or an audio or video recording.
A biography is the life story of a person written by someone else. As a wife, it is important for you to study the biographies of wives who have excelled and have thus inherited the promises. Biographies provide examples to learn from because the secrets of men are in their stories. You must understand the secret of learning from examples if you want to get to God’s destination for your life. History has a way of always repeating itself, either negatively or positively. There are biblical and contemporary biographies for you to learn from. The Bible is full of stories of those who lost out of their destinies and those who made full proof of it.
A few of them include – Gehazi, Elisha’s servant and heir apparent to the great unction and anointing upon Elisha’s life and ministry, who unfortunately lost it all to covetousness (2 Kings 5:20-27). Instead of becoming an anointed minister, he ended up as a notable leper. Judas was one of Jesus’ twelve disciples, and like the others, he walked and dined with the Lord, but ended up betraying him due to covetousness (Matthew 26:14-16). He did not only end up becoming a loser on earth, but he will also spend eternity in hell because he did not repent before taking his life. He ended in shame. Delilah, a lady who could have married God’s servant and probably become one of the most referenced wives in the Bible, gave in to covetousness and sexual sin (Judges 16:1-21). She became an instrument in the hands of the devil and was not spared. She died alongside those that sent her. David, the man after God’s heart, who “with his whole heart he danced for the Lord” (2 Samuel 6:14). He was a generous giver, who solely provided all that was needed for the building of the temple. His constant enquiry from God caused him to win all his battles. And when he was caught up in sin, he cried out for help and was forgiven (2 Samuel 12:13). He maintained his position in the heart of God, and God established his throne forever (2 Samuel 7:16).
When you study the lives of those who have gone ahead of you, you will be able to learn from them and avoid their pitfalls. In our contemporary world today, there are examples of men and women worth emulating. Find out about successful ministries and the wives behind them, look out for their secrets, follow them and you will become the next success story. You can’t become a story until you acquaint yourself with the stories of others who have obtained a good report. “Those who don’t have references, never become a reference.” This is true! One tree never makes a forest. Every man that is now a reference has had to identify with several references of men at some point. The Bible says, “Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him” (Isaiah 51:1-2). As you look unto God, the Rock from whence ye are hewn, you are also to look unto your father Abraham. You are not to look only unto God but also unto the fathers who have gone ahead of you in the race. As you look at their lives, you are able to interpret the scriptures correctly and see further. Wisdom demands that you stand on the shoulders of those who have gone ahead of you, and their stories are invaluable assets in achieving yours. Your place will only be secured by the degree of illumination you carry. Time is precious and irrecoverable. Instructions are the pathways of wisdom. As you study the lives of those who have already inherited the promises, it becomes easy to wisely avoid the mistakes they made and pick instructions from what they did right.
However, be aware that you must be discreet enough not to take everything you read or hear hook, line and sinker, but rather apply wisdom in knowing what to learn and what to unlearn by avoiding their mistakes. I take delight in reading biographies of ministers and ministers’ wives, especially those who have been in full-time pulpit preaching ministry. For instance, I have read biographies and other books written by great men and women of God such as Pastor (Mrs.) Folu Adeboye and late Pastor (Mrs.) Bimbo Odukoya. Remember, for you to see brighter, you need the shoulders of those who have gone before you. One major way of doing this is by reading their biographies. You can take advantage of this truth.