You walked to the hill country of Ephraim. And there you see a woman sitting under a palm tree between Ramah and Bethel. A line of people waiting to talk to her.
“Who’s that,” you ask your traveling companions.
“Oh, that’s the prophet Deborah, the wife of Lappidoth. She is a judge for the Israelites,” one of your companions replies.
After getting a message from God, Deborah sent for Barak, son of Abinoam from the city of Kedesh in Naphtali.
Deborah relayed the message from God to Barak: “The Lord, the God of Israel, has given you this command: ‘Take ten thousand men from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them to Mount Tabor. I will bring Sisera, the command of Jabin’s army, to fight you at the Kishdon River. He will have his chariots and soldiers, but I will give you the victory over him‘” (Judges 4:6b-7).
Barak had a word of sure victory from God, yet fear could still be heard in his reply to Deborah: “I will go if you go with me, but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go either” (Judges 4:8).
“All right, I will go with you, but you won’t get any credit for the victory, because the Lord will hand Sisera over to a woman,” Deborah cautioned in verse 9.
Barak led Deborah and the ten thousand men to Mount Tabor . When Sisera realized Barak had gone up to Mount Tabor, he called for his nine hundred iron chariots and all his men and set them after them.
“Go,” Deborah told Barak, “the Lord is leading you! Today he has given you victory over Sisera” (Judges 4:14).
When Barak and his men attacked, the Lord threw Sisera into confusion together with all his chariots and men. So frustrated, Sisera jumped off his chariot and fled on foot. But Barak and his armies pursued, killing all of Sisera’s army.
Sisera escaped into the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber, the Kenite, because King Jabin of Hazor was at peace with Heber’s family.
Jael hid him, fed him, gave him something to drink and let him sleep in her tent. While he was sleeping, Jael took a hammer and tent peg and drove it right into the side of his head and into the ground.
God had indeed gave Sisera into the hands of a woman. Jael.
God has a purpose for our lives whether we are male or female. God knows every thing about you–even your gender. Even today, we have churches who insist that God cannot use a woman to teach the Gospel, to be mightily used of God, but the life of Deborah, just like so many other women in the Bible, shows us that God uses whomever He wants–male or female. God is not looking for just a few good men. He is looking for willing vessels.
If you are willing, God can use you. It doesn’t matter what color your skin is, what your background or your gender, God can use you to do mighty things in the Kingdom of God...and the only requirement, after accepting Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Saviour, is you have to be willing to be used.
Are you willing to be used in any way God sees fit? Are you willing to trust that His plan is better than any plan you can conceive? If so, tell God today!
My prayer today is: “Take my life. Use me, Lord. Shine Your light through me for all the world to see that I am not my own” (Lyrics from Under The Influence by the Anointed on Under the Influence Album).