Hello, my dear Proverbs 31 women in progress!
It’s been a long time I haven’t written a post for this blog: I’ve been very busy at my daytime job and it was quite hectic… However, today, I praise God because I have enough strength to write a new post about another worthy woman we can all emulate!
And her name is… Deborah!!!
Let’s examine her life now.
Lived during Biblical Times (times of Judges)
Occupation: judge/leader of the people of Israel
Children: no information
Qualities: leadership qualities, devoted to God, wise
Her sadness: seeing the people of Israel oppressed by their enemies because of their rebellion against God ‘s commandments
Nothins is known about Deborah’s family background, except that she was the wife of a man called Lappidoth. She was called by the Lord to be a spiritual and political leader to Israel and judged the people under a palm tree.
She did so at a period where many people in Israel abandoned God to serve false gods. Therefore, the Lord decided to leave them in the hands of their enemy, Jabin, King of Canaan, whose chief of army was Sisera.The children of Israel cried to the Lord for deliverance because they had been oppressed for 20 years.
Deborah called Barak and told him what God ordered him to do. He had to go on Mount Thabor, and to fight Sisera. The Lord assured him that he would be victorious. However, maybe because he was afraid and lacked confidence in God, Barak told her that he would go only if she came with him.
Then, Deborah told him that she would come but he wouldn’t have Glory because Sisera would be killed by a woman.
The Lord gave a bright Victory to Israel and Sisera fled to find refuge to the tent of Yael, wife of Heber the Kenite, who finally killed him. She showed Sisera’s dead body when he arrived at her place.
After all these events, Deborah composed a hymn to glorify God’s actions and His deliverance.
Afterwards, it is said in the Bible that Israel was in peace during 40 years.
Deborah is the only woman who is a judge in the Bible. It is probably for this reason that the power is divided between her (spiritual/political) and Barak (military). The other judges, who were men, have spiritual, political and military powers altogether.
What we can learn from Deborah
I really admire Deborah’s courage, wisdom and ability as a leader. Her story shows that God call some of us to higher responsibilities in our society. God really wants to use our talents for His service, whatever our gender is.
Moreover, what I noticed is that Deborah never says that she is a leader, but she refers herself as a “mother in Israel”. It was a revelation to me. We should not abandon our femininity even if we have responsibilities.
We should also stay humble and recognize that God is the source of everything positive in our lives. Deborah was a skilled and talented leader, and yet you never hear that she brags about her success, like many leaders and managers nowadays. All she does is… praising God!
Deborah was also a wife, and perhaps a mother. Do we neglect our personal lives to give everything to our careers? Then, God asks us to review our priorities. Even if we have excellent jobs, we should never forget that our family life is the top priority.
To sum up, Deborah’s life is a great lesson of feminine leadership, humility, and balance in our lives. If you feel that God called you to be a leader as a woman, don’t hesitate to emulate Deborah’s behavior!
Do you agree with Deborah’s life lesson? Please share your point of view with me!