2008-07-28 - Barak: A Hesitant Leader
Through faith, Barak was powerful in battle. Judges 4-5, Hebrews 11:32-34)
Barak was a man of conditional faith. God picked him to gather thousands of troops and lead them to a victorious win. Barak would go on one condition, if the prophetess Deborah also came along.
Deborah told Barak that God commanded him to gather 10,000 men and lead the Israelites to victory against the oppressing Canaanites. Barak said he wouldn't go without Deborah. Deborah said okay but he wouldn't get the glory; a woman would. This news didn't deter Barak, and they set out on the journey.
Although the Lord had chosen Barak to lead the fight against the Canaanites, Barak still wanted the Godly Deborah with him. Did he not have enough trust that the Lord would be enough? Even though Barak was initially timid, the Lord saw Barak as someone who could lead the Israelites to victory.
Deborah told Barak when to charge against Sisera's men. The enemy panicked, and Barak and his men captured them - but Commander Sisera escaped. He hid in a nearby tent, where Heber's wife Jael was staying. Jael killed the commander with a tent peg, while he was resting. Later Barak came by looking for Sisera, and Jael showed him the dead body.
Deborah's forewarning had come to pass. It was at the hands of a woman that the Israelites were delivered from her enemies. Deborah and Barak sang a victorious song, praising God and blessing Jael. This triumph set Israel in motion to become stronger and stronger against the Canaanites, until all the people were destroyed. The land was peaceful for the next 40 years.
Barak received a call from God, but he wanted backup. We don't need to doubt that God will help, if He is the one leading us. The Lord gave Barak everything he needed to win the fight. He can and will do the same for us.
Lord, As Your child, I have authority to overcome lies and fears that try to make me ineffective. I am ready and expect to see great things. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Is there an area where you need God to direct your steps? Ask Him.