The verse prior to our Focal Scripture speaks of how Jabin mightily oppressed the children of Israel. That verse ended with a ‘full stop’. Notice that our Focal Scripture began with ‘and Deborah…’. So when it seemed that the matter of the oppression of Israel had been concluded, the identity of Deborah was unfolded. When it seemed that the enemy had the final say, God caused a new twist to be added to the story.
Friend, hear me as I hear the Lord: in every area of your life where it seems that matters have been concluded already, but not in your favour, God is causing new chapters to be opened to you. God is reopening the chapters of your past disappointments. God is reopening the chapters of what didn’t work in your favour in the past. God is reopening the chapters of your lost glory. God is reopening the chapters of your past pain.
Deborah was mentioned after the matter of the oppression of Jabin was closed, and she became a harbinger of the good news that later unfolded for Israel. Hear me as I hear the Lord: as your new chapters unfold, you will see good news. You will see pain replaced with laughter and joy. You will see lack replaced with abundance. You will see the strength of God replace your weakness. Your new chapters will come with joy.
For all those who think that your chapters are closed for good, go and announce to them that your God has reopened the chapters that are not in your favour, in order to make them end in your favour. Go and announce to your haters that they will not have the final say in the affairs of your life. Go and tell those who closed your chapters in order to hurt you, that the God you serve has arisen with new chapters written in your favour.
Get set: new chapters of joy and gladness are opened to you. You will rise from the ashes.