A Leader Like Deborah

Making Wise Godly Decisions

Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lapidoth, was leading Israel at that time.”  Judges 4:4

She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided.” Judges 4:5

Deborah has much to teach us as leaders today.  We can learn from her strength, wisdom, courage and leadership skills.  Understanding her story and role in biblical history gives us a context as to why we would choose to model our lives and leadership from her life.   

Deborah was a prophet, a leader who listened to God and followed God’s instructions to a mighty victory over the Canaanites.  She was a part of the 3rd generation in the “Promised Land”.  Historical evidence records that Deborah was blessed for her obedience to God.  She had a reputation of being someone who was instructed in divine knowledge by the inspiration of the Spirit of God.  This is quite impressive!  As a prophet Deborah’s role was to hear from God, follow God, reveal the nature of God to the people, lead the people in ways pleasing to God, as well as to call people to be obedient.  She was respected as a public expounder and speaker who delivered the message of God to the people of Israel.

Deborah made wise and godly decisions as she was known to be a wise judge who followed God.  In other words, Deborah judged Israel as God’s mouth to them.[1] She was known for making good decisions, bringing order and setting up a process for handling a demanding workload.  Her influence brought historical recognition both in religious matters, governing and military matters.  Her obedience in conquering Canaan was important to God as she needed to deal with conflict, mediate disagreements and make hard decisions. Is there a hard but important decision you need to act on? 

How else can we learn from Deborah’s example?  Read Judges 4 – 5 and list her strengths, wise actions, courageous ways and leadership skills. 

Ask yourself…”are there any leadership skills you can further develop”?  Share your thoughts with another leader.   How can you model your life after Deborah?

Have you been putting anything off that you believe God has already told you to proceed?  

Can you work more time into your schedule just “listening” to God?

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[1] Matthew Henry Concise Commentary on the Bible; Judges 4 / https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/mhn/judges-4.html