Greetings from Oshawa, ON! I arrived here on Wednesday to attend several meetings related to our Canadian Adventist entities, including the SDACC Board of Directors, which will start this evening and conclude on Monday. Please keep the leadership of the SDACC in your prayers!
This morning, I would like to share with you some thoughts on the life of Deborah, whose name means “Bee.” She lived a life that exemplified that meaning — a working bee. She helped God’s people by delivering to them the messages received from God and leading them against their enemies. Yes, Deborah walked with God and became a faith champion. In her “victory song” she displayed courage, determination, and faith: “O my soul, march on with strength.” Judges 5:21 (NASV) She did not hesitate to act when asked to lead a divided nation during a challenging time. The Israelite tribes were dispersed, discouraged, and not prepared to face the Canaanite army led by Sisera.
Why were the Israelites facing that situation? “Then, the sons of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord” (Judges 4:1 NASV) and consequently they were oppressed by the Canaanites for twenty years. When the people turned to the Lord, He heard their supplication because of His love for them. So, the Lord touched Deborah’s faithful heart to coordinate the deliverance of His people. Moved by God, she summoned Barak to be the leader. They gathered the “willing ones” from the Israelite tribes and went together to fight against their enemy’s army. What else did she do? With the enthusiasm of a patriot and the inspiration of a prophetess, Deborah prayed and asked heaven for a signal to attack. The Lord directed her to tell Barak “Arise! For this is the day in which the Lord has given Sisera into your hands” (Judges 4:14 NASV). Yes, Deborah’s heart was synchronized with heaven and God! After defeating the enemy, she composed her magnificent “victory song” found in Judges 5.
However, in that song she denounced the neutrality of some of the tribes and the absence of the inhabitants of Meroz for declining to unite with the faithful warriors. Yes, she condemned their omission during that difficult time… Couldn’t that be the case among God’s people today? There is a spirit of complacency related to the commission given by Jesus to His disciples to share His salvation message with the world. The lukewarm Laodicea needs to “awake” for God’s people to join hands and unite to finish the work. We need modern Deborahs — a spirit of faith and determination! We ought to fully trust and depend on Christ, the head of the Church, and in the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives to lead us in the “final battle” ahead.
Please find below the link to the stewardship video for this month: “Gilbert-Risie-Shekeniah-Seanna – “Train Up a Child”. We will be blessed by their beautiful testimony!
In His Service,