Rise Up with your YES

As a little girl who loved to take charge, Deborah was one of my heroes! God allowed her, a woman with great responsibility as a judge and prophetess for the people of Israel, to lead a military charge against their enemies. It all sounds very glamorous until you stop to consider some difficult moments Deborah might have faced in this adventure. We know she was married, so this foray into military maneuvering required her to be away from her family. And not only to travel, but to travel with men into a “man’s world,” a soldiers’ campground. Did you ever stop to consider if Deborah might have lacked privacy or adequate restroom facilities?

But Deborah chose to rise up! She understood that she would get the honor for this military victory, but also that a tremendous challenge was before her. Deborah stepped in where another leader would not. And although it seems that Barak had sidestepped his responsibility, Deborah graciously accompanied and encouraged him to lead in the battle. She tells him, “Go! . . . Has not the Lord gone ahead of you?”

How had God gone ahead of Deborah? While we don’t know the details of her early life, when we meet her under the palm tree of Deborah in Judges 4, she is described as a prophetess, the leader of Israel, and someone who decides disputes for the people of Israel. Surely that didn’t happen overnight. To hear God speak so clearly, she must have tuned her ear to listen for His voice, to respond to His commands. She must have said yes to Him time and time again before she said yes in this big moment.

We just celebrated Christmas and were reminded of another woman who gave her “yes” under very different circumstances. Mary said yes to bearing the Son of God. Who can forget her gracious words? “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:38). Mary also faced difficult circumstances and was likely misunderstood many times. But what we remember so many years later is her yes.

Where is God asking you to rise up? In what situation do you need to give your yes to Him? It may be bold, brave, and very public. Or it may be quiet but equally risky. Will you listen for His voice? Will you say yes?

Lori Turner

After twenty five years of serving in church ministry with her husband, Dennis, Lori stepped into new roles at the Central District Office of the Christian & Missionary Alliance. She currently serves as Coordinator for Alliance Women and Coordinator for Consecration and Ordination. As mom to two young adult daughters, she can hardly wait to become a grandma TWO times in the coming weeks. Walking, gardening, reading, and hosting are a few of her favorite things!

11 Responses to “Rise Up with your YES”

  1. Well meditated upon for understanding and well written as translated to us. Thank you for “rising up”and putting it in words for us. Look forward to more.

  2. I was blessed by the article, Lori! Saying “yes” to the Lord is crucial for a fruitful, meaningful, purposeful life as we journey on in fulfilling the Great Commission.
    You will LOVE being a grandma!!!! It is definitely the cherry on the top of life! Oh, Dennis, will be a super POP, too!

    Barbara Hibschman

    • Thank you Jesus for Barbara and her servant heart,Blessings to you in all God has for you.🙏👵🏻💕Nancy

      • Thank you for your kinds words, Nancy!
        For the past two years we live in MO, closer to our daughter and family. No Alliance church near us, so we go to an Evangelical Free Church. Last year we were on a missions team with them and did leadership training in conflict resolution with the Samburu Tribe in Kenya. We will return to Kenya, March 20-30 to the same tribe to do more training with church leadership. If we come to mind, prayers appreciated.

        Grace and peace be yours in abundance,
        Barbara Hibschman
        Romans 15:13

  3. At 70 years old it gets harder and harder to say “yes” I admit. Our bodies, health, stamina we see ever declining. Deborah would have stayed in her position of prophetess and judge all of her life like our our Supreme Court judges. Though our bodies fail us, Holy Spirit speaking does not. I agree with sayin “yes”.

    • Nancy–you can’t be 70 😉 Praise God for keeping us going and for the Holy Spirit continuing to speak as we age. Blessings on you!

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