This is one of my favorite lessons in the Scriptures. The men of Israel are no longer leading the people so God anoints Deborah as the next judge of His people. Deborah calls Barak to come to her tree and tells him about God's plan to deliver Israel from the Canaanites. Barak was to lead an army of 10,000 men against Sisera and his 900 iron chariots. Barak stumbled over this new responsibility and requires Deborah to go with him into battle. This lack of faith cost him, because Sisera would be executed by a woman. Amazingly, Barak's faith grows feet and he marches into battle leading his army against their captors. God gives them an incredible victory that day using a storm and a flood and the 10,000 soldiers following Barak. Seeing that his army was defeated, Sisera ran away from his enemies. He thought he found a safe place in the home of Jael, a Kenite wife, who made a peace treaty with Canaan. Jael tucks Sisera in, gives him some warm milk and sings his favorite lullaby to get him to sleep. Once he surrendered to sleep, he had no chance against this cunning deliverer of Israel. She takes a tent peg and hammers it through his temple and into the ground. In every situation, God kept His promises. He provided 10,000 soldiers; He allowed His people to route the Canaanites; and he gave Sisera over to the hand of a woman. Who, then, should get the glory?

Help me, Lord, to magnify Your name through my words, actions, and attitudes. Help me to hear Your voice and obey without compromise knowing my obedience will bring You the greatest glory.