Our journey through the book of Judges has been nothing short of strange, over-the-top, and bizarre. This week is no exception. First learning of the incredible leadership from the judge Deborah and her amazing wisdom, insight and brave actions. Which brings up the topic of women in the church and leadership. I am thankful for our denomination and their leadership within the Wesleyan Church. Our stance is one of empowering women and fulfilling their calling of God on their lives within and outside of the Church. Deborah is an example of the humble servant leadership that is so desperately needed in the church, even if she is a woman.
This leads us into the kinda gruesome story of Jael killing Sisera. Despite that motives and drive behind the action, God uses this situation for His glory and the freedom of the Israelite people. Such a great reminder of the sovereignty of our Almighty God. That no matter what is happening around us and the people that are playing into a given situation. God is still in control and directing everything that is happening.
We live in a world right now that is out of control. 2020 has been one crazy year and 2021 is off to the same unbelievable start. Right now more than ever we need God to direct and lead us. Not like the Israelites that we read in Judges 17:6, “There was no king in Israel at that time; everyone did whatever they wanted.” This ultimately lead to a cycle of sin, oppression and pain. Thankful that God redeems them when they repent. But the only way to truly break this cycle is to do what is right in the eyes of God.