Posted by: heisourstrongtower | May 5, 2014

Women of the Bible ~ Focus on Jael

 

God-is-my-StrengthOur Women of the Bible study for this week is focusing on the story of Jael in Judges 4-5, the other woman in the story we read last week of Deborah.  Jael killed the leader of the Israelite’s enemy just as Deborah had prophesied to Barack and today we are going to look at this story through the eyes of Jael.

Key Scriptures ~ Judges 4-5 (Click on the link below to, once again, read the scriptures from last week and really focus on Jael’s role in this account).

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Judges+4-5&version=ESV

Now let’s see what our authors have to say about Jael, by clicking the link below

http://www.biblegateway.com/devotionals/women-of-the-bible/2015/03/30

“Behind the story of Jael and the death of Sisera is a God who promised never to forget his people and who holds to that promise. When hope seems dim and the prospect of victory seems close to impossible, God is at work, bringing about his plan.

The people of Israel during the time of the judges must have worn God to exasperation with their continual wavering. When times were good, they easily forgot God and went their own way. But as soon as times got tough, they went running to him for deliverance.

Sound like anyone you know? The story of the wavering of God’s people continues even today. We so easily move forward on our own, thinking we can handle it all, until we run up against something too hard for us. Only then do we run to God for help.”

I am so guilty of this; I wait until the going gets tough and then call out to God for help.  Instead I should be defaulting to God, at all times!  I should be completely surrendered to Him in every area of my life and the truth is, I should not make a decision without first consulting Him.

God should be my first thought in the morning and my last thought at night.  He should be in my thoughts all the time.  I am supposed to be talking to him throughout the day, asking for His help as I work towards accomplishing the goals for my day.

Right now I am working towards living a more healthy lifestyle.  I allowed stress to control my eating habits over the last two years, which is a really bad idea, and I have gained back the weight that I had lost during Made to Crave, plus more. I know that I can count on God to get me through the moments when “my hope is dim and the prospect of victory, over my food cravings, seems close to impossible.” I know that He never forgets me, even when I forget Him, and if I am going to win this battle of the bulge…I need to keep God in the center of my struggle.

I can do all things through God, WHO is my strength!!!

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