As a Lenten practice during this season, clergy and leaders in the church from youth to elders will be sharing their devotions.
Scripture: Judges 4-5
Reflection: The book of Judges is about heroes; twelve men and women who deliver Israel from oppression. It’s a book about disobedience and consequences. The people of Israel, again, began disobeying God and doing evil. As a result, they fell into the hands of a harsh ruler. The Israelites continued to lose their spiritual commitment and they ultimately were forced into battle.
Chapters 4 and 5 of this book discuss the military victory over the enemy and the celebration of song afterwards. Two women serve as the primary heroes – Israel’s judge at the time, Deborah, the prophetess, and Jael, the assassin. You could almost say that this book is about “girl power.” These women were successful because of their dependence on God and their obedience to His commands. And God delivered God’s people again.
Not all judges are perfect. Not all heroes are perfect. However, the ones who are successful, believe in God’s sovereignty, they are submissive to the Lord, and they trust in God’s desires. They understand that as humans, we are all flawed and we must be dependent on God to truly be victorious.
This story reminds us that God can use anyone to accomplish God’s plan, if we trust in God alone. In today’s time, many of us continue to put our hope in our worldly leaders – expecting them to be our heroes. Perhaps we could have a true sense of peace, if we could truly surrender our complete trust in the Lord. After all, God is our ultimate hero.
Prayer: Dear God, You know our hearts, our weaknesses, and our strengths. Bring us all closer to You. Help us to better trust in You. Help us to better obey Your wishes. Help us to realize that you can use anyone, even us, as Your instruments in this world. In the strong name of Your son, Jesus. Amen.
Author: Virginia LaFar, Elder class of 2021
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].