Psalm 119: 103: how sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.
Proverbs 16: 24: gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Lately I’ve done a couple of teachings on Deborah, a judge and prophetess to God’s people. Her name from the Hebrew, Devorah, means “honeybee.” When I think of a honeybee, I think of it being industrious and always busy. That was Deborah for sure. She sat under a palm tree giving solutions to the problems of her people as a judge.
She tells us that life wasn’t good. No one could travel safely, not even to another house. Then she says that life was this way until; “I Deborah, arose a mother in Israel.” She cared for her people. She got direction from God for them and even knew when to go to war. You might say Deborah had a “honeybee” anointing.
That little bee has a lot of wisdom. Knowing which flowers to seek out, and then the responsibility of keeping the hive active and thriving. Deborah carried that anointing. Do you? Some of us may be like honeybees. Some of us not, but that’s okay, God doesn’t make us alike. It’s the difference in us that makes us precious in His sight.
If you have the Deborah/honeybee anointing on your life, you will be a lot like the quote of Mohammed Ali, back in the day, “Float like butterfly, sting like a bee.” That was Deborah. Her words were sweet and comforting to her people, yet she knew exactly when to sting. When she told Barak the leader of the troops it was time to go to war, he told her he would only go if she’d go with him. Her stinging retort? She said, “I will go, but the victory will go to a woman.” And it did. A little housewife named Jael.
If you have this anointing you are probably a little bothersome to a few folks. When you enter a discussion, you will speak with sweet wisdom, but also be bold enough to deliver the sting of truth. Picture a little bee in your car. Man, that’s not a great thought is it? You try to get it out as quick as possible. You want away from it. Please, if you feel you may be called to be like Deborah, don’t use that as a license to be overbearing and obnoxious. Remember, the honey is sweet to the taste. Obnoxious people are not operating under the Deborah anointing.
As women, we need this anointing. It will give us boldness to talk to others about our Lord. It will give us wisdom to speak, remain quiet, or sting in our answers to their questions. It will also enable us to step out in faith to write that book, start that business, or that Ladies’ Bible Study we’ve been thinking about.
Please take the time to read about Deborah. Book of Judges, Chapters 4 and 5. As you read your Bible about these women, you will begin to form a better picture of yourself and what God wants you to do. It matters not if you are 18 or 80, if you are here, God has a plan for you, a need for you to do that certain thing to help His kingdom. I will leave you with a quote from Elisabeth Elliot. Look her up too. She’s a modern time gutsy woman. Until next time!
The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman. Elisabeth Elliot.
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