OCTOBER 16: COURAGEOUS

COURAGEOUS

By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

"And Barak said unto her, 'If thou wilt go with me, then I will go; but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go.'
And she said, 'I will surely go with thee ...'"
Judges 4:8-9
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Courageous - To face a dire and threatening situation with an undaunted and unflinching spirit.
-A stouthearted indomitable spirit expressed in the midst of danger.
-A heroic selfless attitude that seeks to protect and procure the lives and stations of others.
Deborah's unalterable spirit speaks a language to the "hearty and holy" of bravery, trust, and confidence in the Lord.
Three virtues of Deborah:
Courageous, Bold, Confident.
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Today's Read: Judges 4-5; Psalm 118
The boldness of Deborah's activities were based on the certainties of God's provisionary promises.
Acting as both Judge and Prophetess to Israel for 40 plus years, Deborah's life was a colorful contrast of vibrancy against the backdrop of Israel's desolate and barren landscape.
Israel's faith in God had become a dry hermitage;
A place of lifeless dormancy.
Yet God remained very much alive.
Hmmm ...
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Against such a landscape Deborah's voice sounds out:
Israel had a battle to fight and an enemy to subdue. General Barak was called in on assignment and questioned as to why the troops weren't moving.
Canaan (the prevailers over Israel) and Sisera (their Captain) needed to be attacked in short order and Israel needed to valiantly fight a battle that God had promised would be won.
Deborah delivers a quick and timely kick to the backseat of the General's retired war pants, and learns that Barak is afraid.
 In an embarrasing moment of "cowardice on parade," Barak makes request of Deborah's presence in the battle.
 Deborah becomes more than a Judge and Prophetess that day;
She becomes a woman warrior capable of wielding a sword, confident on a horse, strategic and wise in battle.
Unthreatened and undeterred by the 900 chariots they would be met with,
Deborah's femininity is put on the backburner and, valiantly, she suits up and attacks Sisera and his host of fighting men.
"And Deborah said unto Barak, 'Up, for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee? So Barak went down from Mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him."
Judges 4:14
Not surprisingly, Israel's battle is fought, and Sisera and his men are destroyed.
Captain Sisera is slain by a woman named Jael (a timely and godly providence) and Israel's victory is accomplished.
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Deborah moves from Prophetess,
To Judge,
To Warrior,
To Songwriter.
In a beautiful vibrant composition of praise to God, Deborah removes her hand from the sword and replaces it with a pen ... and erupts into a glorious song of thanksgiving and gratitude to God for the victory attained.
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Mmmm ...
Better than a morning stimulant of strong, bold coffee,
Deborah pours a portion of her "courageous spirit" into my soul ...
And I am emboldened, inspired, and provoked.
God be praised.
"So let all Thine enemies perish, O Lord; but let them that love Him be as the sun when he goeth forth in his might. And the land had rest forty years."
Judges 5:31