I don’t know if you are like me but sometimes I need to let God’s word open to no particular page. No chapter by chapter, from beginning to end, no structured Bible study–but just open the Holy Book and read. I do this often and God always provides the words. His encouragement. His voice.
The dark is having a hard time succumbing to the light this morning. I open my Bible and it falls to the book of Judges. And turning the page is the story of Deborah. One of Israel’s judges–one of God’s warriors.
And Deborah was a leader, a prophetess.
She dwelled under the palm tree in Mount Ephraim and the children of Israel came up to her for judgment, the Bible says. (Judges 4:5)
And on this day she called for Barak and when he came to where she was, she”called him out”. Barak, hasn’t God called you to go and gather 10,000 men and go into battle against Sisera and his army?
And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedesh-naphtali, and said unto him, “Hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun? (Judges 4:6, KJV).
And he answered her. I’ll go. But you will have to go with me. And if you won’t go, I’m not going.
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. (Judges 4:8, KJV).
Deborah never hesitated. She didn’t delay. She didn’t say, let me think about it.
Her answer was quick and certain. I will surely go, she said. Because winning the battle was not for her honor, nor for Barak’s. She knew Sisera wouldn’t die from either one of their swords. His death would come from the brave of a woman named Jael. A woman who would later be called blessed. And the children of Israel, again, free from bondage.
And she said, I will surely go with thee: not withstanding 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 4:9, KJV)
I will surely go with you, Barak.
Surely–without question, I will go.
Surely– with determination, I will go.
Surely–with confidence, I will go.
Who is waiting on us to go with them?
Is it the pastor waiting on us to go with him out in the community–knock on doors and tell folks, Jesus loves you and you are welcome at our church.
Is it a friend waiting on us to go with them to feed the hungry?
Is it the child waiting on a parent to take their hands only to climb the tall steps of the church bus, alone?
Is it our spouse or family member waiting on us to enter through the church doors and worship? Together.
God calls us to go. And some days our journey may call for us to go alone. On other days, He calls us to go with others.
The rain is softening and the hands on the clock are moving ahead. And outside is morning light.
I will go if you will go, he said.
And she answered, I will surely go with you.