We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

The Missing Ring, Part 2

Have you ever said, “I’ll go if you go!”?

In the book of Judges, chapters 4 and 5, we have man named Barak who says to a woman named Deborah those exact words, “I’ll go if you go.”

During a time in history when male leadership was very weak, God began to place women in places of authority. To a man’s shame this time in history is filled with moral decay and unthinkable wickedness. In fact, one of the key phrases in the book of Judges is that “every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”

Sadly, the time period is a close parallel to our own culture today. Male leadership is lacking. The question is, why?

First, let’s look closely at Deborah’s challenge to Barak as she comes to deliver a message sent from God. As a prophetess and judge in Israel, Deborah carried weight. As she meets with Barak, she doesn’t waste any time with small talk and says to him that the Lord has commanded that he is to get up and go and fight the battle! I don’t know about you, but I would hate it if my wife was the one who had to prod me to do what I was supposed to do.

Barak however, flatly refuses to go unless Deborah goes with him. Again, the question is why? I believe his faith was weak because he wasn’t as connected to God as she was and therefore lacked the confidence to fight the battle. The dearth of male leadership today is the result of the same lack-a lack of knowledge of the Word of God and relationship with our God of the Word.

King David, one of the greatest leaders ever, writes in Psalm 119:

“I’m down in the dust, make me alive according to Thy Word” (Psalm 119:25).

It’s time for men to rise from the dust and start leading again . . . one Word at a time.

Published in: on January 15, 2011 at 5:35 am  Leave a Comment