Over the past few days I have been immersed in Deborah’s life. You can find her in Judges 4 and 5. She is pretty amazing and I know that I had , and still have, so much to learn from her.
For myself there are several things about this woman. The bible says she was a prophetess. She was listening to God and He was talking to her. But my attention was her heart for the nation that she was leading. In her song, Judges 5, she declares that ‘arose a mother in Israel’ and ‘my heart is with Israel’s princes, with the willing volunteers among the people’. She loved these people, deeply loved and nurtured them. She was faithful to God and she was willing to defend her nation. She went into battle, willingly, with dear Barak. She was a woman of strength.
But that strength didn’t come from her. That kind of strength can only come from God. In verse 31 of chapter 5 it reads “..O Lord, But may they who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength’. And that kind of strength can only come from testing. And testing is intended to determine the quality or performance of that being tested. To judge the reliability and strength of that being tested. In Exodus 16:4 God tests to see if we will follow His instructions, Exodus 20:20 even tells us to not be afraid of testing because the fear of God will keep us from sinning. Deut 8:2 to know what is in our hearts. Testing will strengthen us!
God even talks about testing His will, Romans 12:2, so that we will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will. God wants us to know that He is reliable, that His will for us is perfect and He wants us to be secure in that.
How we handle stressful times in our life can allow us to shine, Judges 5:31, like the sun when it rises in its strength! In the times of great stress, in the times of suffering, God want us to test and be tested so that those times reveal to us that His glory, His power and His wisdom. He has given us the Bible as our weights and measure. Through these words we know His truth.
And we can be strong Women of God through out our lives! Through the strength we receive from God we can then love and encourage others to do wonderful things in the strength they have. Deborah could of left Barak and told him to man up but she didn’t. She allowed Barak to lean on her and use her strength to do what he needed to do.
I pray to handle my stressful moments so that and walk closer with God everyday. I pray to have a love, a love like a mother, for all of God’s people.