This story of the Deborah has many connections to us in recovery. Many of us have achieved great victories in our life. And every real victory in life is a spiritual victory, a triumph given by God. We have all been in a war in our recoveries. And any war, including the war of recovery, needs its leaders. I’ve spent time in the rooms of AA, but my recovery began, lives, and grows thanks to the Celebrate Recovery ministry in my church. One of the recovery victories in my life is having the privilege of now serving on the leadership team in our ministry. CR lives and operates under constant spiritual warfare. We are often the last hope for sick, hurting people, wounded warriors if you will. We can not hope to be successful unless we constantly work to heal the hurting relationships in our own lives and ministry. When people hurt us, we need to disengage ourselves from the conflict, both for our own sake, and so we can be models of Christ for others to emulate. “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also.”Matthew 5:39 NIV
In this passage, Israel wins a huge battle with Gods intervention. Though Israel was outnumbered and outgunned, God sent a storm on the enemies chariots and engineered the death of the opposing General. See verses 11-24 below.
How did God do this?? He used leaders who had abandoned their own personal pride. “Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.” “Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh.” Deborah first of all could have done it all on her own, but she chose to call Barak. Barak could have gone on his own, but chose to ask Deborah to come, probably to his own embarrassment (Deborah being a woman. And the year not being 2016). Point is, both Deborah and Barak were concerned with the people they were trying to help free, and the promotion of Gods glory over their own. These same priorities must dominate any persons recovery.
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”2 Timothy 1:7 NLT
“Now Deborah, a prophet, the wife of Lappidoth, was leading Israel at that time. She held court under the Palm of Deborah between Ramah and Bethel in the hill country of Ephraim, and the Israelites went up to her to have their disputes decided. She sent for Barak son of Abinoam from Kedesh in Naphtali and said to him, “The Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: ‘Go, take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead them up to Mount Tabor. I will lead Sisera, the commander of Jabin’s army, with his chariots and his troops to the Kishon River and give him into your hands.’ ” Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.” “Certainly I will go with you,” said Deborah. “But because of the course you are taking, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will deliver Sisera into the hands of a woman.” So Deborah went with Barak to Kedesh. There Barak summoned Zebulun and Naphtali, and ten thousand men went up under his command. Deborah also went up with him. Now Heber the Kenite had left the other Kenites, the descendants of Hobab, Moses’ brother-in-law, and pitched his tent by the great tree in Zaanannim near Kedesh. When they told Sisera that Barak son of Abinoam had gone up to Mount Tabor, Sisera summoned from Harosheth Haggoyim to the Kishon River all his men and his nine hundred chariots fitted with iron. Then Deborah said to Barak, “Go! This is the day the Lord has given Sisera into your hands. Has not the Lord gone ahead of you?” So Barak went down Mount Tabor, with ten thousand men following him. At Barak’s advance, the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and army by the sword, and Sisera got down from his chariot and fled on foot. Barak pursued the chariots and army as far as Harosheth Haggoyim, and all Sisera’s troops fell by the sword; not a man was left. Sisera, meanwhile, fled on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, because there was an alliance between Jabin king of Hazor and the family of Heber the Kenite. Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Come, my lord, come right in. Don’t be afraid.” So he entered her tent, and she covered him with a blanket. “I’m thirsty,” he said. “Please give me some water.” She opened a skin of milk, gave him a drink, and covered him up. “Stand in the doorway of the tent,” he told her. “If someone comes by and asks you, ‘Is anyone in there?’ say ‘No.’ ” But Jael, Heber’s wife, picked up a tent peg and a hammer and went quietly to him while he lay fast asleep, exhausted. She drove the peg through his temple into the ground, and he died. Just then Barak came by in pursuit of Sisera, and Jael went out to meet him. “Come,” she said, “I will show you the man you’re looking for.” So he went in with her, and there lay Sisera with the tent peg through his temple—dead. On that day God subdued Jabin king of Canaan before the Israelites. And the hand of the Israelites pressed harder and harder against Jabin king of Canaan until they destroyed him.”
Judges 4:4-24 NIV
Borrowed from the Celebrate Recovery Bible Pg 281. “Character Study – “My Name is Deborah”” by John Baker