Read Judges 4:1-5:31
As we approach the next exhibit in this great Hall of Faith, we might notice a special sign that reads “To ensure your fullest enjoyment, please put on your special faith glasses.” We might grab a pair of the funky lenses, like the ones we wear for a 3-D movie (only these don’t cost extra money) and we find an example of faith as God sees it.
Without the glasses, I read the story of Barak and Deborah and tend to focus on the failure. I see what he did not do. I wonder why God, in His perfect wisdom, chose to include Barak in the Hall of Faith rather than Jael or Deborah. Weren’t they the real faith heroes? And yet, the fact remains that Barak is the one we find here, right smack in the middle of this great Hall of Faith.
With the glasses in place, though, I can focus on what Barak did by faith instead of what he did not. Perhaps I should wear these glasses more often. So I don’t get so caught up in what I fail to do and instead see faith as God does. According to Hebrews 11, that’s exactly what God saw in Barak. His faith. And it must be the same today for me. For you.
Our faith hero today could have flat out refused to go. We know he wavered insecurely until Deborah agreed to go with him to summon the troops. But, let’s be real and admit that after hearing a woman would gain the honor rather than him, he could easily have grown bitter and declined the command altogether. He could have backpedaled his way out and not gone at all.
Barak chose, though, to do what God commanded. Not the best way to get it done, yet still he went. Barak acted in faith when he led the men of Zebulun and Naphtali to Mt. Tabor. And when he advanced, “the Lord routed Sisera and all his chariots and army by the sword” (v15).
The faith that moved Barak to obey is the reason we find him here in verse 32 of Hebrews 11.
That truth remains for us today. God sees faith in action. Period. Not failure or shame for what we didn’t do. Because Barak acted in faith, he made it here into this hall. That’s what God saw in Barak.
That’s what God sees in you and me, too. So go ahead and step in faith. Go ahead and do what He’s asked. Act in faith. Forget the failure. Forget the shame. Move ahead and trust that God sees your faith today, not your failure of yesterday.