Today’s Scripture: And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine
honour; for the LORD shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh. Judges 4:8–9
Your people have been oppressed for 20 years by a pagan king. Morale is low, but God has instructed you to prepare a 10,000-man task force to defeat the enemy. Victory is assured, though the largest army you can muster is terribly outnumbered. Here are your options:
- Find the nearest cave and hide
- Tell God to find someone else
- Write off the whole thing as a bad dream
- Get up and do what God commanded?
This is the scenario Barak faced when God instructed him to assemble an army to defeat Israel’s Canaanite oppressors. How did he respond to God’s command? He ignored it. In Judges 4:6, God spoke through a woman, Deborah, judge over Israel: “Hath not the LORD God of Israel commanded?”
God was asking him, “Barak, what are you waiting for? Don’t you realize I have promised the victory?”
Before we laugh and point fingers at Barak’s timidity, we need to consider ourselves. How do we respond to God when He directs us to witness to a neighbor who has fallen on hard times, or when He commands us to forgive someone who has offended us? These are battles we face every day. If we lack courage to trust God in these matters, our faith isn’t much to boast about either.
God wants to do great things through you. What are you waiting for?
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.