Keturah

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“All things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) “What the enemy meant for harm, God used for good.” (Genesis 50:20)

Life can throw us many curve balls, some more devastating than the others.

A death of a loved one, an illness, disease, a divorce, separations, loss of a job, and monetary disasters can cause a person, at any age, to spiral out of control. But, God has a plan. Our trust needs to be in the Lord, and His peace will guard our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7). He can bring refreshment at just the right time.

In the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit is coming. Christ told His followers to be prepared and wait for Him. On the day of Pentecost, Peter stood up and proclaimed the Word of God to thousands of people; a bold proclamation stands out above the rest, “So repent; turn around and return to God that your sins may be erased, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” (Acts 3:19) The Amplified Bible delves further this refreshing reading, “a recovering from the effects of heart, of reviving with fresh air”.

This is exactly what it feels like to our spirits when God brings a person during our most challenging times, a breath of fresh air; times of refreshment.

When Abraham held Sarah through her last breath, God had a woman already prepared for him. This woman would give Abraham six more children and love during a profound loss of his first love. I can not image being the woman God chose to comfort Abraham after the loss of Sarah. In the Preaching the Word Series, the book of Genesis, author R. Kent Hughes writes, “Sarah’s death naturally brought about momentous change in the patriarch’s family structure.” [1]

1 Chronicles 1:32 defines Keturah as a concubine. Her name, meaning incense or spice, is exactly what she may have provided to a grieving soul.

Abraham’s life needed a lifting up, a time of refreshment, a new season of life.

Keturah became the mother of six sons to Abraham, who then in turn became the progenitors of six Arabian tribes of Palestine. “It was through Keturah’s offspring that Abraham became the “father of man nations” (Biblegateway, All the Women of the Bible)

Keturah provided the last fulfillment of God’s promise, “a father of many nations”. In his old age, she depicts a wife who cared and nursed her husband. She truly enhanced and refreshed his spirit. We as Christians are to express the very same reviving to those around us. Paul in his most difficult times, writes numerous passages in regards to those who refreshed his soul:

1 Corinthians 16:18, “They have refreshed my spirit as well as yours. So fully acknowledge such men and deeply appreciate them.”

2 Corinthians 7:13, “It is for this reason that we are comforted and encouraged. And in addition to our comfort, we were especially delighted at the joy of Titus, because you have refreshed his spirit.”

2 Timothy 1:16, “The Lord grant mercy to the family of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and showed me kindness (comforting and reviving me like fresh air) and he was not ashamed of my chains.”

Philemon 1:7, “For I have had great joy and comfort and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother.”

Philemon 1:20, “Yes, brother, let me have some benefit and joy from you in the lord; refresh my heart in Christ.”

During difficult times in life, God sent refreshing women into my struggles.

He will bring individuals you may least expect to give you a word of encouragement, help you through a difficult time, financially provide, or pray with you as you beseech the Lord for wisdom.

I also have to remember one important fact in regards to Keturah. She was a step-mother to Isaac. The Bible is not specific to how much time Keturah spent with Isaac, but I hope he appreciated the joy she gave to his father. I have step-parents. Over the years, we have developed a relationship that has brought refreshment to my spirit many times. As the years are moving toward retirement and grandchildren, we are blessed to see them more as they travel to spent time with my family. As my own parents age, my step-parents, Cathy and Fred, have taken care of my father and mother whom have experienced heart surgeries, strokes, and cancer. The two God provided to my family have truly given times of refreshment to my parents.

My prayer is we are women of good news.

Women who bring refreshment, revival, and encouragement to others. My prayer for Christian women is when others see us, they desire to be the same inspiration Christ gives us. But, let us never forget who truly gives refreshment to the soul:

“The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring and refreshing the soul; the statues of the Lord are reliable and trustworthy, making wise the simple.” (Psalm 19:7)

“He refreshes and restores my soul.” (Psalm 23:3)

“Revive and refresh me according to your Word.” (Psalm 119:25)

“According to your steadfast love refresh me and give me life so that I may keep and obey the testimony of your mouth.” (Psalm 119:88)

“Hear my voice according to your steadfast loving-kindness; O Lord renew and refresh me according to your ordinances.” (Psalm 119:149)

“It will be health to your body and refreshment to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:8)

Let us pray out loud and CONFESS the Word of the Living God

Yahweh, The Lord,

My Father who gives times of refreshment through His precious Spirit and Word. I praise you Lord, for your unfailing love. For the wisdom, guidance, and comfort your Spirit gives during difficult times and struggles. I thank you for the women you have brought into my live for good news and reviving my heart.

I desire to be this woman who gives comfort, a sweet fragrance to those in need (2 Corinthians 1:3-7). My heart longs to bring good news, prayer, and encouragement to those around me who hurt. May the words of my mouth refresh the soul with songs, praise, and hymns of worship to you (Ephesians 5:19). Help me pray for those who need to cast their care and come to Christ who are weary and burdened for only He can give rest to the soul (Matthew 5:28-30). In the name of Jesus of Nazareth I pray.

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