“The Israelites are going to destroy the enemy. You have been chosen to lead them into battle.”
Barak took that information and chose not to hear what God was saying. God’s message told Barak that He would be with him. That He would fight and win the battle for him. Barak didn’t pay attention to that.
Instead he begged Deborah, the judge who had delivered the message, to go to war with him. He said he wouldn’t go without her. Deborah joined him; on the condition that he wouldn’t be the one to conquer the opposing captain. The battle was won but the captain of the opposing army fled. And just as Deborah had foretold, another person killed the enemy’s captain.
Barak lost out on so much. He missed out on an opportunity to serve God unwavering. His faith in God could’ve been strengthened, instead he relied on man. He could’ve accomplished the task he had been given but another person would have to step in and take over.
Barak’s reliance on others, instead of God, affected his life and the way we remember him. He could’ve been known as a man of great faith. Instead we see him as a person that was weak and unsure.
You are in complete control of the decisions you make to the opportunities that God gives you. Will you rely on others or will you rely on God alone? Your reputation and legacy are on the line. Choose wisely.