What Jael Taught Me

You can find the story of Jael in the book of Judges chapter 4. She was the woman who killed Sisera, the commander of King Jabin of Hazor, and delivered Israel from King Jabin.

“Most blessed of women be Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, most blessed of tent-dwelling women. He asked for water, and she gave him milk; in a bowl fit for nobles, she brought him curdled milk. Her hand reached for the tent peg, her right hand for the workman’s hammer. She struck Sisera, she crushed his head, she shattered and pierced his temple.”

‭‭Judges‬ ‭5:24-26‬

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1. Pay attention to opportunities & act on them:

If Jael didn’t act at that moment, Israel won’t have had the victory.

You have to learn to hear the cry of people and respond promptly, utilize that opportunity.

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.”

‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:10‬ ‭


2. You have all it takes:

“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”

2 Peter 1:3


Jael had only a tent peg and hammer with her, and she used it. She wasn’t going around looking for Swords.

What do you have? It’s enough! He has given you all the materials you require.

3. Trust God to give you competence:

God equips you for the work. Even when you don’t feel like it. He has made you competent!

"Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."

2 Corinthians 3:5-6


"I have filled him with the Spirit of God, giving him great wisdom, ability, and expertise in all kinds of crafts."

Exodus 31:3


4. Be courageous:

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭16:13‬ ‭


When you’re given a mandate, promptly accept it. It’s not the time to be looking around for signs or reconsidering, you act by faith and accept it.

5. Credit your works to God:

Like Jesus said In John 4:34, His food (His Pleasure) is to do the works of Him who sent Him. So should your pleasure be? Jael was pleased to do the work of God, and she did it swiftly.

“Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭31:30‬ ‭