Strong Women and Confident Men

Confidence and Strength

“One of the most underrated revealers of a man’s confidence and character is how he responds to a strong, intelligent woman.” Sharon Hodde Miller

If anyone is threatened by the strength God has given his people – women or men – it might indicate they lack confidence in him as well.

Those who belong to Jesus, though, are children of the Living God. Be confident in him because of that. He makes you stronger than you could ever imagine.

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength. … But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. … Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:25, 27, 31.)

People might not understand it, they might even think you are foolish or weak, but God’s wisdom and strength are yours.


[Why have Sharon Hodde Miller quotes shown up twice in less than a week on this blog? Because she has been killing it on Facebook.]


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13 Responses to Strong Women and Confident Men

  1. Jeannie says:

    Our church’s pastor is this kind of person, and I’m very glad he is. I also like how you’ve linked Sharon’s point to confidence in God. Why should we feel threatened by a strong person, as long as he or she is using his/her strength in positive ways?

  2. Laura says:

    Thanks for clarifying who said this! I originally saw on twitter, but the way it was shared, it was not clear who the author was…

  3. Bill M says:

    Okay I’ll be honest, I’m intimidated when I walk into a room full of women who start laughing.

  4. John says:

    Biblically speaking, what is a strong woman? Please define.

    • Tim says:

      A good way to understand a woman’s strength is to look at the words used in the Bible to describe her before sin entered the world:

      The word translated as “helper” is “ezer”, which comes from Hebrew root words meaning strength and power. The word translated as “suitable” is “kenegdo”, which means facing, corresponding, or equal to. In English “helper” suggests an assistant or subordinate, but the Hebrew doesn’t carry that connotation. In fact, the term is used more than 20 times in the Old Testament to describe a superior helper; usually God. So a better translation is: “I will make him a “strength corresponding to” him, or “a rescuer equal to him”. (Gail Wallace, In The Image Of God: Implications for Gender Equality.)

  5. I love this! It’s sad that most cultures don’t celebrate this kind of attitude towards women.

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