“Now Deborah, a prophet … was leading Israel at that time … ” Judges 4:4
“You’re not from around here, are you?” I am often asked. Knowing where the conversation is going, I play along and reply, “What makes you say that?”
“Your accent. You’re from somewhere else.”
“Oh, yah? Where do I sound like I’m from?” I ask, injecting more upper midwest accent. After playing it up a bit and tossing in a “you betcha” or a “holy buckets,” people are not surprised when they learn of my Da-koda/Minne-soda origin.
My voice sets me apart, but that’s not necessarily what I want people to notice about me that’s different
Many of Deborah’s attributes set her apart. As the first (and only) female leader and judge in the Old Testament times of Israel, people came to her to settle their disputes. She was a Sandra Day O’Connor of her day, just in biblical proportions. A woman of great wisdom and discernment, she was God’s girl.
The full account of her story can be read in Judges 4 and 5, but if you’re lacking in time …
Deborah gave a command from God to the hesitant military general Barak. He was to take 10,000 men up to Mount Tabor where God would deliver Sisera, commander of King Jabin’s army, into their hands. With out-numbered and ill-equipped troops, it would be no easy feat to conquer the Canaanite army. Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.” (Judges 4:8) Deborah went with Barak, and after a series of events, the army was swallowed up as Deborah had prophesied.
If you spend some time in the details of the story, you will come away knowing Deborah was an honorable, courageous, and confident woman who spoke with truth and humility. That’s not an easy thing to do in a morally corrupt society abounding in social and cultural turmoil. (Israel was on one of their downward swings in their up-and-down pattern of living godly/godlessly.) To faithfully fulfill her duties would necessitate a static-less line of communication with God, and Deborah had His ear because He had hers. She was tuned in to His voice, not the stench-filled cultural and political air that polluted society. Deborah was set apart.
I want to be God’s girl, too. Like Deborah, I live in a fractured society, watching others march for or against every cause in the books. I see others going their own way, trying to find truth in a cesspool of worldly knowledge, shouting and clamoring for rights and justice, yet living without regard to a moral compass.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart …” Jeremiah 1:5
Being God’s girl may make others uncomfortable, but He did call me to be salt and light in a very dark world. With God’s Word as my constant companion, prayer on my lips, and my ear attentive to His voice, I can own the same poise and certitude as Deborah to lead in my realm and enjoy victory over the battles in this life.
I want you to be God’s girl, too. He prizes you and holds you in high esteem. Regardless of whether or not you realize it, God created you to be set apart … don’tcha know?
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Pam Weyant recently traded the harsh Midwestern winters for the sunny South. When she is not spending her time as a freelance court reporter, you will find her loving up her adorable cocker spaniel, hiking, traveling, writing creative nonfiction, or working out. Her passion is sharing her story so others can join her in celebrating the freedom found in a redemptive Savior