Friday, May 17
Today's reading: Judges 5:1-31
The song of Deborah and Barak does a wonderful job telling the story of their victorious battle over Sisera and his army. I also like how this song provides some additional details and perspective on this incredible victory. Verses 2 and 9 drew my attention and moved my heart as I read through this song again today. Both verses say that the leaders and people "offered themselves willingly" to support the call to rise up and fight against the fierce and mighty Canaanite army.
"That the leaders took the lead in Israel, that the people offered themselves willingly, bless the LORD!" (vs. 2, emphasis mine)
"My heart goes out to the commanders of Israel who offered themselves willingly among the people." (vs. 9, emphasis mine)
These words caused me to do some self-assessing about what my attitude and mindset are when it comes to following God and how I'm serving Him. I asked myself: Does the phrase "willingly offers herself" describe me? How could I improve in this area? It was a good and motivating exercise, and I invite you to do the same.
Take a few minutes to think about verses 2 and 9. Would you say that you are offering yourself willingly to the Lord? Why or why not? If not, what's holding you back? Are there any areas where you could be more open and willing when it comes to serving God? Tami
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