Deborah was a Judge in Israel over 3,000 years ago. She has the distinction of being the only Judge of whom nothing negative is said by the Holy Spirit. Here are three character qualities that all of us can learn from her.
Trust in God’s Word
Deborah trusted God’s word for what it was. Her faith was strong, even when the men of Israel wavered. Barak failed to trust the word of the Lord and demanded Deborah go with him into battle. Deborah was not afraid to challenge Barak with his lack of faith. This showed Deborah’s courage and trust in God. She was not intimidated by male leadership that dishonored God. This a quality that our daughters must learn and value.
Young women must know the Word of God and be confident of it. Culturally, sex is assumed to be part of dating relationships. We must encourage young women to see that being pressured or encouraged to have sex before marriage is an indication of weakness. Men who exert this pressure are not worthy of trust.
Respect for the Order of God and Male Leadership
Deborah did not lose sight of the appropriateness of male leadership. In Judges 4:9 we read:
“Very well,” Deborah said, “I will go with you. But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the LORD will hand Sisera over to a woman...”