Just Do It
NOTE: These notes are my own, but they are meant to supplement Session 8 of the Spring 2016 Gospel Project Chronological curriculum.
NOTE 2: Dear Nike, please don’t sue me.
There are so many great takeaways from the story of Deborah and Barak in Judges 4 and 5. For times sake, I’m only going to highlight two.
Faithful obedience often has some fear mixed in.
Barak refused to go to battle unless a woman went with Him. I’m not a master historian, but something tells me that in ancient Israel, that’s not a good look. Let’s not be too hard on old Barak though, Deborah was speaking for God, and he wanted God with Him. He knew that he would be mowed over by the 900 chariots of Sisera’s army.
That internal spinning of your stomach that happens when you face an insurmountable obstacle isn’t all bad if you don’t stay there. The gospel doesn’t say, “You’re bigger than your enemies.” In fact, the bible says that we were defeated and dead when Christ came to us (Eph. 2). Barak was 100% right that he was incapable of defeating the Canaanite army. He was also right to have the faith to go forward into battle with the knowledge that God was with Him.
Faithful obedience lets God do the marching.
If you were there that day watching Barak head out to battle, you would see men marching out to war with crude weapons in their hands. But when the battle was over, the tale was told accurately:
“LORD, when you went out from Seir, when you marched from the region of Edom, the earth trembled and the heavens dropped, yes, the clouds dropped water.”
Judges 5:4 ESV
This reminds me of Paul’s words at the end of Colossians 1:
“For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.”
Colossians 1:29 ESV
As Barak marched, so did God. What does that mean? I’m not going to pretend to be able to explain exactly what it means to struggle with His energy, but I do know that struggling without it is vanity (Ps. 127:1-2).
Our job is to obey and trust God. God’s job is to accomplish His will. If we begin to think we are more clever than God, and seek to accomplish His will through means other than obedience, we labor in vain. Let’s be people who read and study hard, trust that God is with us, and then just do it.