Women for His Glory: Elisabeth Elliot
WHO SHE IS
Elisabeth Elliot is said to be one of the most influential women of the 20th century. She lived her life with the sole desire to glorify God by sharing the good news of the gospel. Elisabeth studied Greek at Wheaton College with the hopes of one day translating the New Testament into an unknown language. After college, Elisabeth moved to Ecuador to work among the Quechua Indians, it was there that she married Jim Elliot. Not long after her marriage, Elisabeth’s husband Jim was killed in an attempt to reach out to the unreached Auca tribe. Even in the midst of her sorrow and loss, Elisabeth did not give up on the Auca tribe. She was eventually welcomed into the tribe and was able to live among them (along with her daughter). Elisabeth poured out the love of Christ on those who had taken the life of her dear husband. She and her daughter eventually returned to the states where Elisabeth would later remarry and face the loss of another husband. Through this, she still trusted her heavenly Father and sought to minister to others. Elisabeth spent the rest of her life speaking and writing for the glory of God until she could no longer do so due to health reasons.
WHY WE LOVE HER
Elisabeth Elliot was a woman of incredible faith. In every season of her life, whether it was a season of waiting, mourning, loneliness or joy, she sought the Lord and trusted in His perfect plan above all else. When I first learned about Elisabeth, I was captivated by her devotion to the Lord. Elisabeth was no stranger to hardship and suffering, her life was marked by it in many ways, yet she desired God’s will to be done in her life. Elisabeth was a woman who strived to not let her own passions overtake her; instead she longed for her life to be one of passion for the Lord. The life of Elisabeth is one to learn from–she was dedicated to God’s glory no matter the cost. She didn't waste her time on frivolous things of the world that were quickly passing away. Instead, she used her time on earth to magnify the Lord and to spread His gospel to as many people as possible. She loved people fiercely with the love of Christ.
Here are a few of our favorite quotes from Elisabeth:
“The secret is Christ in me, not me in a different set of circumstances.”
"Leave it all in the Hands that were wounded for you."
“Restlessness and impatience change nothing except our peace and joy. Peace does not dwell in outward things, but in the heart prepared to wait trustfully and quietly on Him who has all things safely in His hands.”
“I say that I found peace. I do not say that I was not lonely. I was--terribly. I do not say that I did not grieve. I did--most sorely. But peace of that sort the world cannot give comes, not by the removal of suffering, but in another way--through acceptance.”
“Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one's thoughts.”
“God is God. Because he is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what he is up to.”
“To love God is to love His will. It is to wait quietly for life to be measured by One who knows us through and through. It is to be content with His timing and His wise appointment.”
“I am not a theologian or a scholar, but I am very aware of the fact that pain is necessary to all of us. In my own life, I think I can honestly say that out of the deepest pain has come the strongest conviction of the presence of God and the love of God.”