Deborah: Mighty Leader and Mother of Israel

“. . .Deborah arose as a mother in Israel.” — Judges 5:7 (ESV)

To Read: Judges 4–5

Biblical Synopsis: Deborah served as a judge and prophetess during a period when judges ruled over Israel. As the narrative unfolds, she becomes a key military leader giving orders to Barak and signaling when the battle would begin. She held the position of highest authority in Israel and was honored with the title “mother of Israel,” as a sign of respect signifying her leadership over the whole nation.

Application for Today: One doesn’t simply receive the title “mother in Israel” overnight. Deborah earned this title of respect through her exemplary life and leadership. Her dedication to the Lord and people inspired others.

Deborah saw opportunities to use her gifts for the Lord, and she did so with wisdom, depending on the Lord for strength rather than her abilities. When the Lord accomplished great things, she gave him the credit.

Whatever role God has placed you in, do it to the best of your ability. If you are a teacher, teach well. If you’re an executive, lead well. If you are a stay-at home mom, excel in homemaking. Whatever words or deeds you perform, do it for our Lord (cf. Col. 3:17) and remember to give him the credit!