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Deborah’s Legacy

God has a place for women.

Sometimes, that position is in the foreground. In Deborah’s case, she led Israel as a judge during a time when they were under oppression by Jabin, King of Canaan. The Israelites believed in her leadership and counsel enough to submit their disputes to her for resolution.

As a prophetess, God gave His direction concerning how He would deliver the Israelites from Jabin’s oppression. He further used her to encourage Barak who was leading the Israelite troops in the battlefield.

Sometimes, our position is in the background. Jael’s marriage to Heber, Jabin’s ally, is what positioned her to kill Sisera, commander of Jabin’s army. She didn’t need a fancy title to make an impact. She saw the opportunity and boldly and shrewdly took it.  

Thriving women make room for more women to thrive.

Our obedience makes room for the success of other women, and not just those we know and love. There’s no mention of Deborah and Jael interacting with each other. Yet, because Deborah fully took up her role and did as God directed her, it led to the critical moment when Sisera fell at Jael’s hands.

Deborah ends up doing a song with Barak that details Jael’s role in Israel’s victory. She may have started off unknown but she ended up in the history books by being faithful where she was positioned and with what was given to her.

Men and women can live and work together honourably.

Human wisdom suggests that men and women can thrive without each other’s support. But the divine reality is that we need each other and we are better for it when we work together.

Deborah is the only female judge listed in the Bible. It would have been extremely difficult if not impossible for her to undertake her role as a judge without the support of her husband, Lappidoh. Any married person will tell you how critical spousal support is when trying to get anything done because of how marriage intertwines lives.

Barak heeded the counsel of God given through Deborah to go to battle. He refused to go into battle without Deborah and did so knowing that the accolades of victory would likely end up going to her.

Lappidoh and Barak lost nothing and gained much in their support of Deborah. On her part, Deborah didn’t need to be demanding or dismissive of either man. She recognized and honoured the role they had to play even as she did her part.

Being a woman is an advantage.

Circumstances of life would have us believe that being a woman is a disadvantage. But God used these two women – Deborah and Jael – to help deliver Israel. And they’re only two in a list of many mentioned throughout the Bible.

It’s not hard to be content with who you are and where you’ve been positioned when you understand that your value is inherent in your existence as one created in God’s image. You matter even before you accomplish a single thing.

It’s not hard to forsake titles and recognition when you acknowledge that all the glory belongs to God and Him alone. If we can keep our gaze as women fixed on the One who truly matters, He will continue to change the course of human history through us.

This is Deborah’s legacy. Being a woman is your advantage. You can do all things – ALL things – through Christ who strengthens you.

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2019 In Review

Just like that, we’re at the tail end of another year. As is custom here, this will be the last post of the year as we go on break this month.

This year has had its fair share of ups and downs. It wouldn’t be life in the true sense if it didn’t have its mix of the sweet and the bitter. But God really does have a way of making all things beautiful in His time.

These are some of the gems I’m taking with me into 2020:

Don’t let what-ifs keep you from what-could-bes. It’s easy to get paralyzed into inaction by going down the what-if road. What if it doesn’t work? What if they don’t like it? What if they don’t like me? What if I fail? What if you don’t? The very thing you’re longing for could be on the other side of the fence on the what-could be road. Any time you find yourself trudging down the negative what-if road, hop over the fence and take a walk on what-could-be.

Not every lemon thrown your way is yours to bite on. Spiritual warfare is a reality for every believer even though a good number of us would rather bury our heads in the sand and pretend it doesn’t exist. When you’re in the heat of battle taking blows, it’s easy to forget that fights are won not just by dishing out hits, but by deflecting blows. Some of the worst discouragement you’ll ever deal with will often come just before or right after the breakthrough you’ve been contending for. Because if the enemy can’t keep you from victory, he’ll try and steal your joy of it. Don’t let him.

Little ordinary things are the building blocks of the extraordinary. Any masterpiece is the sum total of small, repetitive brush strokes. Any champion is the product of daily, regimented training. When you understand this, you’ll no longer need to chase the high of achieving the extraordinary. You’ll find joy just in doing the little ordinary things because you know that over time, something extraordinary will come from them.

Stand your ground. Boundaries of any kind always get tested.

The Church is a treasure. She truly is. Just because she’s sometimes covered in a bit of dirt, doesn’t make her any less so. I’ve been immensely blessed by individuals I know personally and those I only know of from a distance who are simply pursuing Christ the best way they know how. They encourage and inspire me to keep running my race. For that, I’m thankful.

Until next year.

Happy holidays to you and yours!

Be blessed.