Being in the frontlines of missions gives me the privilege of seeing first hand how dry and thirsty the heathen are. It affords me the opportunity to feel the desperation and anxiety in the heart of the lost.
This year we need to become more pro-active than reactive! There is no luxury of procastination. All hands must be on deck now.
But a striking experience Deborah and Barak had is relived today:
Judges 5:12-15 There was a war cry
“Awake, awake, Deborah! Awake, awake, utter a song! Arise, Barak, and lead away your captives, you son of Abinoam.
Then a remnant of the nobles [and] the people came down. Yahweh came down for me against the mighty.
Those whose root is in Amalek came out of Ephraim, after you, Benjamin, among your peoples. Governors come down out of Machir. Those who handle the marshal’s staff came out of Zebulun
The princes of Issachar were with Deborah. As was Issachar, so was Barak. They rushed into the valley at his feet. By the watercourses of Reuben, there were great resolves of heart.” (WEB)
With this cry for urgency:
1. The strong men of Zebulun and Issachar came out to be with her.
2. In Reuben, there was a call not to rush things but to think well before acting while warming the hands around winter campfires. They were still evaluating the risk involved, the pros and the cons, while war raged and territories lost daily.
3. The Gileadites and Danites were great sailors and traders of treasures, the economy was booming and the were too busy sharing the dividends. Go ahead, Deborah, they yelled. “We are with you in the spirit!”
4. The Asherites were fishermen by the coast. It was fishing season and soon the season will be over and we will have ample time to join you!
5. Zebulun, Naphtali and Issachar were at the forefront, victory was beckoning. The left their wives and families and wanted to be were God wanted them to be even in great discomfort.
6. Even women like Jael joined with her cold-war style she killed valiant men while they slept.
When you read verses 19-23, you find out how fierce the battle was and still is for us today:
“The kings came and fought, then the kings of Canaan fought at Taanach by the waters of Megiddo. They took no plunder of silver.
From the sky the stars fought. From their courses, they fought against Sisera.
The river Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon. My soul, march on with strength.
Then the horse hoofs stamped because of the prancings, the prancings of their strong ones
Curse Meroz, said the angel of Yahweh. Curse bitterly its inhabitants, because they didn’t come to help Yahweh, to help Yahweh against the mighty.” (WEB)
Which tribe are you, from this great lesson?
Get up and join Zebulun, Naphtali and Issachar. Let us take the nations for the LORD!
I love you and thank you.
Please invite all your friends and tell them how urgent the call is. Jesus is coming back soon.