2011-03-07 - What Would Deborah Say?
Barak said to her, "If you go with me, I will go; but if you don't go with me, I won't go." (Judges 4:8)
Some may say it's a tremendous burden being a judge. But the responsibility doesn't bother me. In fact I look at it as an honor. People come see me to settle disputes. Certain cases, I admit, can be tricky. The majority are straightforward. Whatever the disagreement, I seek God's wisdom before uttering a judgment. I take my post very seriously and don't want to offer the wrong advice.
What tremendous plans the Lord has for Barak, son of Abinoam. Barak is to organize 10,000 men, in order to take possession of Mount Tabor. Barak wouldn't go unless I agreed to travel with him. I am not sure if he was timid, or just wanted my Godly counsel close by.
Nonetheless, I agreed to go. Before we left, I wanted Barak to know that because of his lack of faith, the glory of the win would be in the hands of a woman and not him. This news didn't deter Barak, and we set out to attack the enemy. It just goes to show how God sees us differently than we see ourselves. The Lord knows what we are capable of.
God gave me insight on when the men should attack. On that fateful day, I gave Barak a pep talk, reminding him that God has gone before us, and not to be afraid. Barak and ten thousand troops charged after the enemy. With such a vast army, we undoubtedly got the victory in battle. By the time we were done fighting, none of our enemies were left alive except King Sisera, who escaped on foot. Jael killed the king, after he sought refuge in her tent. Barak may have thought it was me, the woman who would get the glory, but it was another woman, Jael.
Lord, I am not above being used by You. Show me where I can best be utilized. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
How good are you at settling disagreements?