Today’s Text and Thought of Encouragement:
“The wicked flee when no one pursues them, but the uncompromisingly righteous are bold as a lion.”
Proverbs 28: 1
“Daughters of Deborah” Part IV
“A sheltered life can be a daring life as well. For all serious daring starts from within.”
What does it mean to me to be a “daring” person?
“I would not creep along the coast,
but steer out in mid-sea,
by guidance of the stars.”
“A ship in port is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for.”
Grace Murray Hopper
I dare you! It sounds like some school yard retort, hurled by a bully trying to get you to do something you don’t want to do.
For a long time whenever I heard the word “dare,” I cringed as my mind took me back to days past when someone was taunting me, trying to force me to do something I was afraid of.
I’m certain all of us have faced moments in our lives when someone said, “I dare you to do __________!” You can fill in the blank with what was spoken to you.
However, before we allow ourselves to have only a negative view of the word “dare,” I’d like to remind us of the positive side of this word. While the word “daring” can be defined as “reckless,” it also carries the meaning of “boldness,” as well.
Author Jeanette Winterson wrote, “What you risk reveals what you value.” This statement, in my opinion, is best illuminated by the light of boldness – daring that chooses to risk all for the cause to which God calls us.
Just think of the “daring” shown by God’s daughters whom we have already studied:
1. Sarai – who left the country she knew to follow her husband to the “Promised Land.”
2. Rebekah – who left her entire family to marry a man she didn’t know and to live in a country she’d never seen.
3. Rahab – who took in two spies who were “enemies” of the rulership of her city and then provided protection for these men she had never met.
And now, we meet Deborah – a woman – in a man’s world. A woman who had the daring to obey God’s call and not only to take on the army of her own people but that of an opposing and seemingly more powerful ruler, King Jabin.
You see, as daughters of Deborah, we need to recognize that in order to follow and obey God’s call, He needs girls today who are just as daring – not recklessly so, but boldly daring. Women who won’t run for cover in the face of battle. Women who won’t shake in their “high heels” when confronted by the enemy. For the “Daughters of Deborah” are not only devoted, diligent and determined – we are also daring. We’ll climb the tree if necessary – and go out on a limb when needed. As Holly Near penned: “All my life I have gone out on a limb, but I have turned the limb into a bridge, and there is cool, clear water flowing under.”
Today, God is again calling His daughters, the inheritors of Deborah’s legacy, to be daring for Him. May we, through our spirit of heavenly boldness, build bridges of boldness for God, wherever we go.
“No coward soul is mine.”
“Dear God, be good to me;
The sea is so large,
And my boat is so small.”
Traditional prayer of a
“O God, You know we are often filled with fear and foreboding.
Give us courage and deepen our trust.
You are a rock which nothing can shatter.
On You we can place the whole weight of our lives.”
Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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