Carey Lewis Devotions
Monday, October 30th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 22)
Villagers in Israel would not fight; they held back until I, Deborah, arose, until I arose, a mother in Israel.

Judges 5:7 (NIV)
What made Deborah, the judge, imperfect? Her gender as a woman in power. Because among Bible generations, women were very rarely leading men. To me this means: God can make exceptions when exceptional occasions arise...

Like Deborah: prophet, judge and hero. She led the charge against an evil king. Also of parallel significance, the battle's other hero is Jael, a wife who killed the bad king's general.

Strong women will rise if strong men do not.

Possibly, the men of Deborah's time got timid or complacent in bondage. Perhaps they forgot their place in God's world: unselfish leadership through faith in Him.

But what about today? Absentee dads and wandering husbands are epidemic. In my opinion (notably female), I see too many men (even Christians) who seem content to sit, watch, gripe or quit--forcing their women to stand up and fight...

Which girls have done and will keep on doing. Therein, I praise the Deborahs who rise. The Lord will be with you in your struggles. I also think women still seek princes, who are loving, loyal, brave, kind and true.

To Be Continued...

* Short article: What can we learn from the life of Deborah?

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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