“So God subdued on that day Jabin the king of Canaan before the children of Israel.”
King James Version
“TO BEND THE KNEE”
“God can give only according to His might; therefore, He always gives more than we ask for.”
What do I want God to “subdue” in my life?
“The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice….”
King James Version
“The work done by human effort cannot be compared to the divine work done by God in the creature by His goodness for the sake of the creature.”
Have you ever participated in a project and were assigned work with people you didn’t know very well, only to find out that one person in your group was intent on not only taking all the credit but also holding all the power within their hands? If you have found yourself in a situation like this, I bet I can predict the outcome, for it is rare that a group functions well or at all when one person demands to be the “star.”
In our text for today, we find a very important point is made. While God needed Deborah, Barak and Jael’s unique qualities and willing hearts and hands, make no mistake, God held the power, all of it, in His hands. As Judges 4: 23 plainly states: “God subdued Jabin the King of Canaan.” The successful outcome of the battle and subsequent destruction of Sisera didn’t happen because of God’s trio of workers. It happened because Deborah, Barak and Jael willingly gave themselves totally to God, to be used as He needed. It was God, who as the Hebrew states, “brought Jabin to his knees.”
This is certainly something I’ve learned as I’ve studied about these three God-filled workers. When we don’t care about who gets credit for the victory; when we don’t grab the power but realize that our God is all-powerful—something very special takes place. There is no way three so very different people as Deborah, Barak and Jael could accomplish what they did for God unless they never forgot who it was that gave them the power necessary to go up against Sisera.
If we look at the people, down through history, who have accomplished what God needed, we’ll find that every one of these individuals understood that God’s power was responsible for any good they did.
In 1829, a young man named William Booth, was born in Nottingham, England. When he was only 13-years-old William was apprenticed to a pawnbroker. At the age of just 15, this young man became a Methodist lay preacher. Following the call of God in the 1870’s he committed his life to helping those who were hungry and homeless. This was when William Booth founded the Salvation Army. During his lifetime, he worked to establish operations in 58 countries.
Known to be a deeply spiritual man, someone asked William Booth where his spiritual dedication came from and he answered, “God has every bit of me.”
This was the key to the success exhibited in the lives of Deborah, Barak, and Jael. God had all of them. And when God has all of us, we don’t worry about who has the power or who has the title or who gets the credit.
I’ve often wondered, especially in church situations, how much more would get done if we would always remember “Who” really has the power and follow “Him.” Sometimes I believe that when we focus on “ministry stars,” we do ourselves a great dis-service because in God’s work there’s only one person who should get the glory and it is our Father in heaven. When we give Him all the glory, we will recognize that as Jonathon Goforth rightly noted, “all the resources of the Godhead are at our disposal.”
Even when we feel our ability isn’t up to heaven’s call, never forget that if God has every bit of you, all the power you need is yours for the taking.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus….”
“When you feel unlovable, unworthy and unclean, when you think that
no one can heal you:
When you think that you are unforgivable for your guilt and your shame:
When you think that all is hidden and no one can see within:
And when you have reached the bottom and you think that no one can hear:
Remember, my dear Friend,
And when you think that no one can love the real person deep inside of you:
Remember, my dear Friend,
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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