Let’s talk about Deborah.
But us westernized Christians would have flipped the heck out. Do you understand? Do you see how ridiculous this is?
Let’s continue Deborah’s story….
Now a commander from neighboring Canaan had been oppressing the Israelites for quite some time. So the Lord commanded Deborah to take her army and kill Sisera, the commander. Deborah prophesied that he would be delivered unto and killed by a woman. And she was exactly right.
Next comes sweet Miriam.
Miriam was not only a poet, but a prophetess as well. But with beauty can also come rebellion and jealousy. And this may be one of the best things to remember.
Miriam, like many of us, got sidetracked even though she had done so much good work for the Lord. She eventually suffered greatly because of her jealousy of her brother, Moses. And her life ended not so well because of it.
Why do I mention this?
Because Miriam’s greatest downfall was the fact that she eventually wanted to rule rather than influence people.
And that simply was not God’s call upon her life.
Beautiful Queen Esther
Queen Esther. I would have loved to meet her. And while Esther’s story isn’t extensively long (though she has an entire book written about her), it holds meaning to a different kind of woman leader.
Esther was chosen to be Queen most likely because of her beauty. But more importantly, because of her bravery and faith, she saved an entire people group (the Jewish people, her people) simply by doing what was right.
You see, she didn’t have to be a ruler of an entire country or some hard core warrior in order to save her people, but it helped. She simply kept her simple and quiet spirit, outwitted an evil High Official (Haman) of the King, and she asked her King to deliver her people from Haman’s grip of pride when Mordecai would not bow down to Haman. I encourage you to read the entire story of Esther.
The Prophetess Huldah
Her prophetic message and the public reading of the law brought about a revival resulting in the reforms carried out by King Josiah. There’s not much about Huldah in the Bible, but the little we know about her is fascinating and extremely important. She was sought after because of her knowledge and her ability to talk to people….women and men sought after her at the city gates. I would love to be like Huldah. I’d say she’s one of my favorite women in the Bible.
So how do we raise our girls to be leaders?
It’s ok to be outgoing, chatty, loud, and fun.
Figure out what you want for your life, and what God wants for your life, before trying to figure out a relationship with a man.
Getting married young isn’t bad, but it’s better when you’re confident in who you are in Christ.