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Deborah: Part 1
Deborah: A Bee For the Lord
Judges 4:4 [NIV]
"Now, Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at the time."
The name Deborah means "a bee". I cannot think of a more fitting name for a leader, prophet and wife. Surely, this was a forever busy woman. Because she is a prophet, it's easy to think of Deborah as a supernatural being. Deborah received prophecies, led a nation, maintained a marriage, and was just as human as you or I. Her secret? Her trust in God and her willingness to work hard.
It's probably easiest to imagine Deborah's job as a wife. As a human, I know that relationships come with struggles. And although the Bible never mentions Deborah having any children it does refer to her as a mother in Israel.
Judges 5:7 [NIV]
"Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel."
This verse shows us that Deborah also had maternal qualities. Not only that the beginning of the verse states the Villagers would not fight without her. Her willingness to stand with them shows her leader qualities. Being both a leader and judge meant people turned to Deborah for instruction. It was her choices that would ultimately lead her nation to glory or more persecution.
Part of her leadership was her gift from God of prophecy. This means God would reveal part of his divine plan to Deborah and it was her job to relay it to the people and convince them to follow God's words. Deborah is often referred to as an agitator, meaning that she got the people Israel moving and wanting healthy change.
Now that I've gone a little in-depth of some of Deborah's responsibilities it's probably even easier to see her as a supernatural being, but that's just not true. Deborah was an ordinary woman who trusted in God.
It's God who takes us from ordinary to extraordinary.
Also keep in mind that Deborah was willing to go the distance. As a human, she had times of weakness like everyone else yet maintained her ability to not only hear God's words, but follow his plans. We must also be "bees" for God: hard-working people willing to listen and do. We know she was human and had weak times, but we also know where her strength came from: God.
Mathew 19:26 [NIV]
"Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible""
Be A Bee For God!
Deborah was an ordinary person with a strong trust in you and a willingness to fulfill your plans. Her trust and willingness is what made her an amazing leader. Lord, help me learn from Deborah and trust in you. Help me to draw my strength from you and your words. Help me believe, every day, in your extraordinary plans for my life and give me the willingness to achieve them.