It was one of those Sunday mornings that if I wasn’t who I am, I would have pulled the covers over my head and stayed home. That’s why I thank God that I am who I am. Sometimes the hardships of life make the pressure of walking through those church doors overwhelming. Our calling keeps us going. In a Little Debbie world, we are called to be Deborahs.
We find Deborah’s story in chapters 4 and 5 of the Book of Judges. She was a judge in Israel during one of those “they did evil in the sight of the Lord” times. They were in a state of harsh oppression under the hand of Jabin the king of Canaan. “Village life had ceased.” Deborah rose up and changed history. When we boil the story down we see who Deborah was.
- Deborah had an awareness of the condition of her nation. She wasn’t hiding under the covers overwhelmed by her own immediate circumstances – she was burdened for the world around her.
- Deborah took initiative. “Then she sent and called for Barak.”
- She spoke the Word. “Has not the Lord God of Israel commanded, “Go and deploy troops?”
- She fought alongside. “Surely I will go with you!”
- Deborah publicly proclaimed God’s goodness. “I even I will sing to the Lord. I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.”
- Deborah knew who she was. “I, Deborah, arose a Mother in Israel.”
Deborah didn’t stay home and neither can we! The enemy wants to reduce us to Little Debbies – no substance, nothing fortifying, no real value. But we are the Deborahs! We are the women who have learned to press through the pain, to BE full when we FEEL empty. We allow Christ’s strength to overcome our weakness. We are the women who square our shoulders and walk through the doors of the church one more time. We are called to love with the love of Jesus. We are called to bless, called to give, called to forgive. Just as Deborah, we are commissioned to pick up the sword and to pick up the towel and basin as well.
While our nation may not be oppressed by the Midianites, there is oppression of another kind! Our battle is against principalities and rulers in high places plotting to bring our nation, young and old, into bondage and captivity. Our battle is for our children, our churches, our families, and the lost. There is much at stake. We need to be aware, to take initiative, to fight the fight, to speak the Word and to proclaim Christ’s goodness. It is up to us to be women of inspiration and influence, spurring believers around us into action, and encouraging the unbelieving to join us!
Judges 5:12 “Awake, awake, Deborah! Awake, awake, sing a song!”
Throw back the covers! March through the doors! I thank God for who I am called to be and who you are called to be. I thank God we’re called to Deborahs in a Little Debbie world.
Judges 5:2 “When leaders lead in Israel, when the people willingly offer themselves, Bless the Lord!