By Wayne Braudrick 

“Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang: When the leaders lead in Israel, when the people volunteer, praise the Lord.”
(Judges 5:1-2 HCSB)

Deborah encourages
One of the remarkable things about the OT Judge Deborah is her heart for God’s servant-leaders. She really cares that they prosper in God’s calling. Further, her passion to encourage leaders appears to play a big role in the positive change she helps usher into her culture.

While reading Judges 4-5 recently, I was struck by Deborah’s repeated delight in leaders who lead. Awed at her promotion of volunteerism and edification of leaders, I scribbled in my notes, “Is that true of us? Do the people who lead God’s people know we are for them?”

They should. Deborah’s character should be ours as well.

Fascinatingly, a few days after I wrote that note, I received two little gifts. One was a letter from a precious little girl that encouraged me to keep teaching truth.

The other was a paperweight from a man at church – a rock that has the word “courage” inscribed on it.

Obviously, I am blessed with friends who are like Deborah. They inspire courage and call God’s servant to lead. I pray that I am like that and that you are as well. As Deborah knew, when we inspire leaders and volunteer it leads many to “praise the Lord.”

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