Anyone need encouragement?
Yes, please, I need it by the truckload! Just back up the truck and dump it all over me!
Sign me up! Show me where the dotted line is and I will put my signature on it! Plug me in and feed it to me intravenously! I need it on repeat and auto pay! I need it all the time, consistently and at times, moment by moment! I run on it, live through it and find my inner strength in it. Bring on the encouragement! Please don’t hold back!
That is my cry. How about you?
Are you ready for our next “wheelbarrow rider?” This woman of faith not only jumps in the wheelbarrow, she stands firm and strong inside of it with both feet firmly planted.
I am excited to introduce you to (drumroll please, as my grandson would say)
Today we move from the book of Joshua to the book of Judges to find our next woman of Faith! Deborah challenges us to be FAITHFUL as we become encouragers who encourage others to be FAITHFUL in who God made them to be.
In Judges 4:1-5 _we are introduced to the only female judge mentioned in the book of Judges. She was full of wisdom, confidence and leadership.
Her wisdom is on display as she sits in a position traditionally held by men only.
“Deborah, a prophetess and the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at the time.
She would sit under the palm tree of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to settle disputes.”
Deborah’s FAITH in who God made her to be was strong. She willingly “gets into the wheelbarrow” and uses her gift of wisdom to direct and guide others in God’s path.
This assuredly makes her a “wheelbarrow rider” as this position is traditionally held by a man.
Her confidence is clearly seen as she calls Barak, the leader of Israel’s armies, to remember the call God put on his life.
“She (Deborah), called Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “Hasn’t the Lord, the God of Israel, commanded you: “Go, deploy the troops on Mount Tabor, and take with you ten thousand men…” Judges 4:6-9
The FAITH of Deborah, displayed in her confidence in what God had commanded, allowed her to boost the FAITH of another, Barak!
Deborah did not only display her FAITH in God and His call on her life and the life of another, but she demonstrated even greater FAITH as she encouraged Barak through God’s call on his life!
Her Leadership is not only demonstrated as she encourages another into exercising their FAITH, Deborah is willing to put her FAITH into action!
“Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, I will go…, “I will gladly go with you she said.” Judges 4:8-9
Deborah steps into the wheelbarrow with him and encourages him to live out his FAITH in God!
Because of the encouraging FAITH of Deborah we not only have one “Wheelbarrow Rider,” we have two!
OUR FAITH IN GOD LIVED OUT IS AN ENCOURAGEMENT TO THOSE AROUND US!
Who needs your FAITH demonstrated through encouragement today?
Who in your life encourages you by their FAITH and steps into the “wheelbarrow” of life alongside you?
Let’s ask God to help us encourage those around us and thank Him for those who FAITHFULLY encourage us by their FAITH!
See you back here next week as we uncover our next wheelbarrow rider.
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