Go! – Part 2
“Then Deborah said to Barak, ‘Go! … Has not the Lord gone ahead of you?’” (Judges 4:14 NIV)
God had raised up Deborah as a judge during a time of fear and uncertainty in the history of Israel, and she in turn gave to Barak, son of Abinoam, a commission from God himself to lead the people out against an oppressive enemy. Barak wavered at first, but when Deborah agreed to go with him, he listened to the word of the Lord and summoned ten thousand men to fight the Canaanite forces led by the cruel commander Sisera. “Then Deborah said to Barak, ‘Go! This is the day the Lord has given Sisera into your hands. Has not the Lord gone ahead of you?’" Barak did just that. He went down Mount Tabor with ten thousand men following him; and at Barak’s advance, the Lord delivered the enemy into his hands.
When did God deliver the enemy into his hands? When he actually went down to face the enemy—when Barak and his forces came down from Mount Tabor and said, “Let’s get it on; we’re going to fight!” Deborah had said, “Go!” and when he finally stepped out and fulfilled the “Go!” that’s when God worked on his behalf. Had he stayed on top of the mountain and said, “Deborah, are you sure that God said he would do this?” God would not have routed that enemy.
What does that tell us? It tells us that we have to obey the “Go!’ from God in our own lives, if we are to live in victory and be used of God in the furtherance of his kingdom. Sitting back because of fear means that we’re going to miss out on what God can do when we step out and do what he has called us to do.
So what is the “Go!” in your life? What’s the thing that God is telling you to do to step out of your fears and out of your comfort zone? He may be telling you to open your mouth and tell others about the Lord. You may never have done that before, but that’s the point: you will never know what God can do until you do what he’s called you to do. Go on that mission trip; start that youth club in your school; hand out that invitation to a Sunday service; call that person, say you’re sorry, mend the fence! Maybe the “Go!” is a call to ministry, or to stop being shy, or to go to those family members who you know will mock you. Go! You’ll be tempted to think, “No, they’ll reject me!” But how will you know what God will do until you go?
Don’t you want to do something that’s beyond your limitations? If so, then go! Start, step out, speak, do it, say it, try it, help someone, stop being afraid! We can’t just go through life as Christians, perpetually saying, “Pray for me; I’m going through something.” God has already done a million things for us. When are we going to be used by God to help deliver somebody else? Today we have the opportunity to yield to God’s call in our lives. Let’s ask ourselves, "Am I fully mobilized, agile, and ready to go for God?” Remember that we are just heeding the call. God is the one who will do the work in and through us, and who gives us the very desire to do it in the first place.
Who knows what God can do through a surrendered vessel? Like Deborah and Barak, let’s be those surrendered vessels for his glory today!
Read Judges 4:10-16.