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I’ve always marveled at the multifaceted calling that Deborah had. She had such skilled wisdom and discernment when her nation was in messy turmoil and civil disobedience.
I’ve found that truly wise leaders are a rare breed. They accomplish great amounts of work, often without direct involvement because they know how to humbly work “through and with” other people.
They are able to see the big picture that often escapes those directly involved, so they make good mediators, advisers, counselors and planners.
Deborah fit this description perfectly! She had all of those leadership skills and she had a remarkable relationship with God!
The insight and confidence that God gave this woman placed her in a unique position in the Old Testament. Deborah is among the outstanding women of history.
Let’s understand that we must not minimize people when we don’t understand the multifaceted skills that they may function in. God chooses leaders by his standards, not ours.
Deborah Was Humble
Her story shows that she was not power hungry. She wanted to serve God.
Whenever praise came her way, she gave God the credit. She didn’t deny or resist her position in the culture she lived in as a woman and wife, but she never allowed herself to be hindered by it either!
Her story shows that God can accomplish great things through people who are willing to be led by him.
Deborah’s life challenges us in several ways. She reminds us of the need to be available both to God and to others.
She encourages us to spend our efforts and energy on what we CAN do rather than on worrying about what we can’t do.
Deborah challenges us to be wise leaders and she demonstrated what a person can accomplish when God is in control.
Deborah Had Interesting Strengths and Accomplishments
- She was the Fourth and only female judge of Israel.
- She had Special abilities as a mediator, adviser and counselor.
- When called to lead, Deborah was able to plan, direct and delegate.
- She was known for her prophetic insights.
- Deborah was a writer of songs
“Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time,”Judges 4:4.
Our Help in Economic Turmoil
My Friends! Be careful where you invest your hope these days!
Often, times of economic turmoil help to reveal where we have really put our hope/trust. If your job is at risk, how do you feel about it?
If your investments have plunged, how do you feel about it? If your bank has gone bust, how do you feel about it? If your house might be re-possessed, how do you feel about it?
It is answers to questions like these — not in good times, but when we are really up against it — that reveal where we have invested our hope. Where we invest our trust.
Jesus says, Sell your possessions and give to the poor.
Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys, where no bank goes bust, where no investments plunge in value, where no pension fund fails. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
The same goes for all our other activities, our pleasures, our work, our relationships, our religion.
Do not invest your hopes/ trust in what the God-less world invests in! We’ve seen how completely bankrupt all that is. We need to learn to see the world with the eyes of the Teacher.
The following scripture shouts out such truth!
“Here is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commandments, for this is the entire duty of man. For God will judge us for everything we do, including every hidden thing, good or bad,” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.
Maybe someone reading this is living at this moment without hope. You have nothing to look forward to: only death, and whatever you try, you cannot escape that fact.
If that is you, then I want you to know that there is hope available: certain hope for the future, built on a solid foundation. Hope that will fill your heart and lift your eyes.
God says to His people, “I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
If you want to be part of God’s plan and have a confident hope and a future, then the only way is to get to know this is to place all of your hope (your trust) in Jesus Christ.
Without him your life will always be meaningless, futile, vain and hopeless.
With Jesus Christ as your Lord, your ultimate person to invest all of your trust with, your heart will burst with hope! Hope that will last!
Almighty God,You reach into the darkness with hope, truth and light.
Stretch out your strong hand in my situation, hold and rescue those who have suffered.
Let your almighty love move mountains, cross seas and breathe life into the darkest places.
Light that redeems.
Light that restores.
Light that heals.
Light that protects.
Light that saves.
There is nothing higher, stronger or greater than your love. I put my trust in you.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.