Jabin, king of Canaan severely oppressed the sons of Israel for 20 years, and Sisera was the commander of Jabin’s army.
There was no army in Israel, but Deborah, a prophetess and judge in Israel, sent for Barak and told him that the Lord had given Sisera to him.
In those days, the armies took something/someone that they highly respected or valued into battle with them, so that they would fight the best they could. Barak told Deborah that he would not go into battle without her, so she agreed to go with him.
God provides the encouragement and inspiration to us if we agree to obey His commands. He provided Deborah for the spiritual encouragement he needed.
Jabin had 900 chariots of iron.
The Israelites had God.
Deborah told Barak that God had given Sisera into his hands. Past tense – it was already accomplished. All Barak needed to do was obey the command to go out. So, Barak took 10,000 Israelite volunteers to watch the salvation of the Lord.
God sent a thunderstorm, so that the Kishon River flooded, and the iron chariots got stuck in the mud and the torrent of the river swep the army away.
Sisera managed to run to the tent of Jael. She gave him curds, put a rug over him, and he fell asleep. While he was asleep, she rammed a tent peg through his head and killed him.
The battle won; Deborah and Barak sang praises to God Almighty for His saving power.
Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying,
That the leaders led in Israel,
That the people volunteered,
Bless the Lord!
Hear O kings; give ear, O rulers!
I – to the Lord, I will sing,
I will sing praise to the Lord, the God of Israel.
Lord, when Thou didst go out from Seir,
When Thou dist march from the field of Edom,
The earth quaked, the heavens also dripped,
Even the clouds dripped water.
The mountains quaked at the presence of the Lord,
This Sinai, at the presence of the Lord, the God of Israel. Judges 5:1-5
Have you known someone who had a vision that was bigger than her resources and her capability like the Israelites? Did she take the first steps to accomplish that vision because she knew that God had given her that vision? Did God provide?
All God requires from us is to take the first step, and He provides the resources.
Sometimes, the vision comes as a result of a trial, like the Israelites experienced.
Joni Eareckson Tada had a diving accident that left her as a quadriplegic when she was 17. Joni emerged from her trial to become an international advocate for people with disabilities. She has written over 50 books; her paintings are highly valued, and she hosts a short radio program.
Joni could have stayed in her room and felt sorry for herself. Instead, she turned her trial into a blessing through the power of the Lord.
But let those who love Him be like the rising of the sun in its might. Judges 5:31b
My prayer for you:
Almighty God, You are so gracious to use your children to accomplish great things even though we may not have the capability or resources to achieve Your vision for us. Help us to recognize Your vision for us and then obey Your bidding. What freedom there is when the results are dependent upon You! Thank you, Father, for that freedom.
What is the vision God has given you?
How are you stepping out in faith to possess that vision?