Please Read Judges Chapter 4 & 5, also look into “Without Rival” by Lisa Bevere
Competition, rival – enemy. How many times have you thought this way about a female co-worker, friend, or even sister? Why is it the norm that when we hear something amazing is happening in someone else’s life we get jealous?
In a previous blog post called “Spirit of Mara” I mentioned how I deal with a spirit of bitterness in my everyday life; I also, like many other women, deal with being envious of the accomplishments of the people in my life. I learn of most accomplishments through Facebook and Instagram (A place where you only see the amazing 1% of a person’s best moments) and feel like a failure because I didn’t accomplish something as great.
Deborah was one of a handful of women mentioned in the Bible. For that reason alone, you can tell that she was something special. She dared to follow God and the teachings of the Torah in a time when her people were losing faith in the God of the Hebrews. She was called by God to be the fourth leader of the people after Joshua’s death. At the time the people of Israel were at the mercy of King Jabin of Hazor (Canaanite King).
[…] the Israelites again did evil in the Lord’s sight. So the Lord turned them over to King Jabin of Hazor […] The commander of his army was Sisera, who lived in Harosheth-haggoyim. Sisera, who had 900 iron chariots, ruthlessly oppressed the Israelites for twenty years. Judges 4:1-3
I remember hearing this story in church growing up but never realized how amazing it was that Deborah was the leader. She dared to be different and God used her to do his will.
Not only did Deborah lead people, she also lifted up the other women in her life. After the battle Sisera, Jabin’s commander, ran from the battle field and tried to hide in the tent of Jael. This woman, Jael, killed Sisera with a stake and saved the Israelites.
Now Debroah could’ve taken all the glory for the battle and it’s end results. Because let’s face it, Deborah was the one who had initially started gathering the army, initiated the battle, and directed the troops. In Judges 4:9 she even says “[…] for the Lord’s victory over Sisera will be at the hands of a woman”. I honestly originally thought that she meant herself, because she was God’s instrument. But she meant Jael and sang a song praising Jael after the battle:
Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, most blessed of tent-dwelling women. He asked for water, and she gave him milk; in a bowl fit for nobles she brought hum curdled milk. Her hand reached for the tent peg, her right hand for the workman’s hammer. She struck Sisera, she shattered and pierced his temple At her feet he sank, he fell where he sank, there he fell-dead.
If we stick together and dare to encourage and praise each other can you imagine what we could accomplish? Instead of being jealous about job promotions, raises, pregnancies, personal accomplishments, or even seemingly perfect lives. We need congratulate and support our sisters in Christ. Don’t think about your female coworkers as enemies, instead think of them as women who need support and help just as much as you do.
Featured graphic by Allison Mims