Read Judges 5
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Scripture- Judges 5:15-18- The princes of Issachar were with Deborah and Barak. They followed Barak, rushing into the valley. But in the tribe of Reuben there was great indecision. Why did you sit at home among the sheepfolds- to hear the shepherds whistle for their flocks? Yes, in the tribe of Reuben there was great indecision. Gilead remained east of the Jordan. And why did Dan stay home? Asher sat unmoved at the seashore, remaining in his harbors. But Zebulun risked his life, as did Naphtali, on the heights of the battlefield.
Observations- This song for worship and celebration by Deborah and Barak detailing the victory over King Sisera describes how 4 of the tribes of Israel chose not to help with the battle. These were the same 4 tribes who had not followed God’s command to remove the Canaanites from their Promised Land in the first place. They thought themselves too small and insignificant against their opponents, but more of a problem was their lack of faith in God to go before them in all things. They chose not to join God, but instead they allowed
their fear of the unknown and the likelihood of failure to win the day.
Application- We tend to focus on the danger and risk of trusting God. We wonder “What will my life be like if I say ‘yes’ to the path I sense God is calling me to? What will it cost me?” But what about the cost of choosing not to go down the path we believe God has invited us to embrace? Certainly our lives will feel smaller, less significant, and more about “me, myself, and I” than ever before. Gilead and Dan stayed home, Asher sat “unmoved at the seashore,” Reuben sat at home with their sheep and indecision, but at what cost?
Answering the call to serve Christ with joy changes us, but so does refusing to answer that call. It makes us less of who God intends for us to be with His help.
Prayer- Dear God, help me be less worried about the results of following You than I am concerned about what I’d miss out on by saying no to an adventurous journey of faith with You. Will there be danger and risk along the way? Of course! Your Word tells us life will be filled with risk and danger, so why should I be surprised about it? Keep challenging me to receive more of Your direction in my life for Your glory. Help us remember that courage is not the absence of fear, but the willingness to move forward even when we're afraid.
"It's remarkable that in all of his writings Paul’s prayers for his friends contain no appeals for changes in their circumstances." (Tim Keller),
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