God has used many women to bring about change in the Bible we can read about the lives of Esther, Deborah, Mariam, Pricilla, Mary mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Dorcas to mention few. The same God still use great women of God in our days to bring revival; talk about Kathryn Kuhlman, Susanna Wesley (the mother of John and Charles Wesley Founders of the Methodist church) Pastor Folu Adeboye, Pastor Yemi Adeleke, Joyce Meyer and so many others. Thus God is still looking for women who will stand in the gap for their land.
It seems that a lot has changed now that we are in the 21st century! Some women have been wrapped up in a ‘me, myself and I’ attitude that makes serving God seem so hard for them. Deborah has always been my all-time favourite woman of the bible based on her uniqueness and the role she played in the deliverance of the Isreal from the hands of their oppressors.
The Bible told us that Deborah was a prophetess, a female Judge in Isreal before the Kings started to rule. She was the wife of Lapidoth (through Deborah we got to find out about Mr Lapidoth). Her story can be read in detail in the book of Judges 4 and 5 in your Bible.
If we have to analyse Deborah’s roles in the 21st century, I don’t think she should have served God as much with all that she had on her plate. Being a Judge to a Nation of Israel is hard enough for a woman and Judges in Israel at this time were military leaders. It is not a norm at this period for a woman to occupy such a place of spiritual authority. I want to believe that Deborah still had to fulfil her purpose in her local church as a leader. More so, after that she has to go home and be a wife to Mr Lapidoth which I believe will include cooking, cleaning, laundry and perhaps taking care of the children and family. Despite all Deborah served God faithfully.
Having spoken to many women and myself being part of this group, I realised that we have been overwhelmed so much by GENUINE personal reasons which may be hindering us from doing exploits for God. I hear things like, I’m not called for that…, I can’t do it due to my work…, my Kids are still young, maybe when they get older…, I actually did a lot for God in my days…, I don’t drive and I live far…., I have a serious health issue going on…etc
What I’ve come to realise is that God gives grace for this calling (Each time he said “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness” So now I am glad to boast about my weakness, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 2 Conrinthians 12:9 NLT). All we need to do is to yield ourselves and trust Him every step of the way. Remember the saying: God does not call the qualified but He qualifies the unqualified.
Susanna Wesley bore and raised 10 children surviving children. The frequent absences of her husband on church business left the management of the household in her hands. Through it all she remained a steadfast Christian who taught not only through Scriptures, but thought her own example of daily trust in God.
I would like to encourage you to show your love and as a way of giving back to God in 2017 with your service. (I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me” Proverbs 8:17). Prayerfully join a department in your church and decide to touch as many lives that come your way and in your community no matter how little of your time you can give then sit back and watch how God will reward you more and more!.