Bible Devotions

The Unlikely Leader

on December 17, 2009

Read Judges 4:1-16

The children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord.  A woman named Deborah, a prophetess was judging Israel at the time.  Up to this point in the Bible women are mentioned only as someone’s wife or mother.  Women, such as Sarah and Rachel, are mentioned for their beauty and being lovely to behold. Women were never in an authoritative position like a judge.

So here we see a woman, Deborah, sitting as judge over Israel.  They came to her for judgment in matters they couldn’t resolve on their own.  What does this say about Deborah?

To me this indicates several things about Deborah:

  • She was a good listener.
  • She possessed wisdom.
  • She must have judged fairly.
  • She spoke truth as a prophetess.
  • She listened to God.
  • She foretold the future and it happened as she said it would.
  • She was reliable and available to the people’s needs.
  • She stepped up to fill a need.

In ancient times women were not held in high esteem.  I love this part of Scripture because it shows how God can use anyone to accomplish His purpose.  It also shows how His ways are drastically different than man’s ways.

So what do we take away and apply in our life? Perhaps it is God will use anyone with a willingness to follow Him.

Thank you, Lord for turning our ways upside.  Your ways are higher than our way.  Thank you for using the willing.  Help us to be willing to follow you no matter what may come.  In Jesus’ name Amen.

©Elizabeth Marks has led small group Bible studies for almost a decade.  Author of and websites she has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.


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