ABC Bible Character Faith Series

Unshaken Trust in God

Lessons from Deborah, written by Hannah M.

Fear is a powerful emotion and it can result in people making decisions that can drastically change their lives. I believe each one of us has ever been fearful of something, be it an exam, a change of environment or any other thing that may cause one to be afraid. It is therefore important that we know how we ought to act when facing life’s challenges.

Whenever I read Deborah’s story from the Bible, it gives me an understanding of brave people’s lifestyle. This true bravery is only found in those who make God their refuge. The story of Deborah, in the book of Judges Chapters 4 and 5, teaches us a wonderful lesson on trusting in God and not letting difficult situations overwhelm us.

Deborah was a woman who was chosen by God to be a judge for the nation of Israel. The life of the Israelites was one of backsliding. During the time they had settled in the promised land of Canaan, they gave in to idolatry and this created a separation between them and God which resulted in oppression by their enemies. Fortunately, the Israelites remembered who had brought them thus far and they turned back to God with repentance. God heard their prayers and rose a woman from their midst. This was Deborah who was both a prophetess and a judge. God revealed to Deborah that He would destroy Israel’s enemies and He instructed Deborah to tell a man called Barak from the tribe of Naphtali to assemble 1000 men from Naphtali and Zebulun to fight Israel’s enemies. Barak was distrustful to do this because he knew the Israelites were inferior to their enemies and the chance of them winning was very small. (Read Judges 4: 6-8).

Barak refused to undertake the task that God had given him and asked Deborah to accompany him. Due to his lack of faith, Deborah revealed to Barak that Israel would be victorious but the victory would not bring honour to him. The Israelites were encouraged by Deborah’s assurance. She trusted in God and God made Israel victorious. Deborah celebrated Israel’s victory in a beautiful song ascribing all the glory to God and she also reminded the Israelites of their history of deliverance. “Then sang Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam on that day, saying, Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves. Hear, O ye kings; give ear, O ye princes; I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel….” Judges 5:1-3. (The whole song is found in Judges Chapter 5). Deborah showed them that honour and power belong to God.

From this story, we learn various important lessons such as trusting God and not doubting His word for He has promised to be with us till the very end.  “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” – Matthew 28:20. Even when circumstances seem to be so challenging, we should not give up or think of coming up with other plans that are contrary to God’s word, we just have to trust God for He deeply cares for us.

Another lesson we learn is that it is a dangerous thing to trust in our strength. If Deborah had told the Israelites to get ready for the battle without having asked for help from God, they would have been utterly destroyed but it was only by God’s protecting hand that the Israelites came out victorious even if they were hardly skilled in terms of warfare preparedness. God is our all in all. “Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.” – Psalm 127: 1

In conclusion, we need to know that our Heavenly Father is King over all things, He has promised to lead and guide us. Therefore we should let God lead, He has invited us to be co-labourers with Him. He will give us strength to do our part as He also fulfils His.

“We have nothing to fear for the future, except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us and His teaching in our history.“ – Ellen G. White.

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Joshua Kats

December 16, 2022

Amen. regardless of who we are, God can use us to do mighty things for His kingdom. And we really need to keep to memory the way the Lord has led us and His teaching in our past history

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Lauretta

December 18, 2022

Indeed! Thanks as always for your time Joshua!

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