Wednesday – History
Reading – Judges 4-5
“Deborah, the wife of Lappidoth, was a prophet who was judging Israel at that time. She would sit under the Palm of Deborah, between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites would go to her for judgment.”
Judges 4:4-5 NLT
Israel was a Patriarchal society. Priests were always men. Rulers were almost always men. Men ruled their households.
For that reason, Deborah stands out.
There is no mention of how she became a judge except for being called a prophetess.
For this reason, it appears that the most important factor of leadership for her was the ability to hear from God and the boldness to speak out.
People trusted her to lead Israel even to the point of refusing to go into battle unless she travelled with them.
Every person judges leaders by deciding whether or not to follow them.
For me, knowing they have a solid, close relationship with Jesus is far more important than gender, education, or experience.
What is it that makes you trust a leader?
What qualities are you growing in yourself that would tend to make you trusted as a leader?