Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Victory Despite Our Weakness

Men of the Bible Series - Barak didn't need help, he had God on his side.

Judges 4:6  One day Deborah sent for Barak son of Abinoam, who lived in Kedesh in the land of Naphtali.

She said to him, “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, commands you: Call out 10,000 warriors from the tribes of Naphtali and Zebulun at Mount Tabor. 7 And I will call out Sisera, commander of Jabin’s army, along with his chariots and warriors, to the Kishon River. There I will give you victory over him.”

8 Barak told her, “I will go, but only if you go with me.”

9 “Very well,” she replied, “I will go with you. But you will receive no honor in this venture, for the Lord’s victory over Sisera will be at the hands of a woman.”

14 Then Deborah said to Barak, “Get ready! This is the day the Lord will give you victory over Sisera, for the Lord is marching ahead of you.” So Barak led his 10,000 warriors down the slopes of Mount Tabor into battle. 15 When Barak attacked, the Lord threw Sisera and all his chariots and warriors into a panic. Sisera leaped down from his chariot and escaped on foot. 16 Then Barak chased the chariots and the enemy army all the way to Harosheth-haggoyim, killing all of Sisera’s warriors. Not a single one was left alive.

Israel has fallen away from God in their never-ending relationship cycle with God and as a result they have been ruled by Jabin, king of Canaan, for twenty years. Israel has finally turned back to God and cried out for help from the oppression and as a result God is faithful and sends them a savior.

Barak wasn't a very likely savior he wouldn't trust that God was going to do as he promised and insisted that Deborah go into battle with him. Despite Barak's tiny little faith God came through and the Israelites were able to gain a huge victory that they had not experienced since the days of Joshua.

Even when my faith is small I need to remember that God can use me to do great things, his will can be accomplished through me despite my hesitation to trust him completely.

Help me to trust in you Lord and be completely obedient to your word.

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