As promised, we are going to look at some strong, powerful, women of scripture. These women are the epitome of “girl power.” I wanted to first look at Deborah because …well…she is one of my favorites. She was placed in a role, that during the time, was outside of the norm. Scripture isn’t plain about why she was chosen over any men of the time but I suspect it was because there were no real strong men of God in the area who could do the job like Deborah could. God has a way of taking someone least expected to make an impact and work through them to do something amazing (Keep that in mind next time you decide to argue with God about a calling He’s put on your life.).
Just to clarify, during the time of the judges, not every judge was a prophet yet Deborah was a Prophetess, wife, and judge; talk about a busy woman! One day she called Barak (believed to be a general of the army – scripture isn’t clear but it would be safe to say he was ranked high within the military), and the first thing she says to him is:
…Hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun? And I will draw unto thee to the river of Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand. Judges 4:6-7
Scripture gives an indication that God had spoken to him yet he has done nothing to prepare for the battle. Then after Deborah reminds him of God’s command, He says:
…If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. Judges 4:8
Of course Deborah told him she would go but that he would not get the credit for capturing the enemies leader, Sisera, but that the honor of capturing him will be given to a woman. WOW…what a hit in the gut to Barak! However, you can give him props for still getting out there and doing what he was commanded to do. He could have let pride get in the way but instead he set all that aside and believed God for the win.
So lets get back to Deborah. Not only did she judge her people, but she yielded to the Lord in all things. She believed and trusted Him when she was told they would win the battle and believed so much she had no trouble going into the battle with Barak. If that isn’t some serious GIRL POWER I don’t know what is.
What is the take away? Believe God, trust Him during the battles of your life and be the leader God has called you to be. That is right, He has given you a place of leadership somewhere in your life. Maybe its in the home being a leader to your children, maybe its at work making ethical and morally right decisions for a company, or maybe its in ministry. Where ever your role of leadership lies, trust God, follow the path He has set before you, and don’t fear to step into battle when He leads you there. Through your obedience, God’s glory will shine!
To learn more about Deborah, read Judges Chapters 4 and 5. Next in the series, we are going to see another powerful woman of God. She is my ABSOLUTE favorite. Yes, I have favorites but she is number 1 on my list.
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