Barak: Reluctant Faith
by: Anastacia Maness
As we’ve been going along reading about all these exciting Bible characters and how God used them to do great things, we come to Hebrews 11:32-34 and a few names are thrown out there as people worth discussing, but the author doesn’t have time to expound on them.
Among those listed is Barak.
Who is Barak? What does he have to do with faith?
In order to understand who Barak is, we must read the story of Deborah in Judges 4.
Deborah was a prophetess and a judge in Israel. One day she called for Barak and told him that God wanted him to take 10,000 soldiers and fight against Sisera’s chariots and multitude of soldiers.
“And Barak said to her, ‘If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!’“
So she said, ‘I will surely go with you; nevertheless, there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.’
“Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh. And Barak called Zebulun and Naphtali to Kedesh; he went up with ten thousand men under his command, and Deborah went up with him.” (Judges 4:8-10, NKJV)
Now wait a minute.
Why is Barak listed in Hebrews 11 instead of Deborah?
Deborah told him to go and Barak wouldn’t go unless she went with him.
Then, as you read about the battle between Barak and Sisera, it was a woman named Jael who bravely killed Sisera. Why wasn’t she listed in Hebrews 11?
I believe the answer is found in Hebrews 11:34 “. . . out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle . . .”
I’m sure Barak was terrified of the prospect of fighting such a powerful army. Deborah’s presence on the battlefield gave him reassurance that God would be there too.
God used Barak’s weakness to make him stronger.
What can we learn from Barak?
Just as Barak had to set aside his fears and any other weight that held him back from the battle God set before him, we must overcome our fear and accept the mission that God has set before us.
Hebrews 12:2 tells us to look to Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith. Barak may have been lacking in the faith department at first, but his faith was strengthened by the mighty things God did despite his shortcomings.
Has God asked you to do something scary? Does your faith feel a little shaky like Barak’s?
Turn your fear over to Jesus. He understands. He faced the shame of the cross, all by Himself, for you.
If you need encouragement to help you step out in faith, please share with us in the comments. We would love to help support you in your battles.
Anastacia Maness is a preacher’s wife, homeschooling mom of 6 Blessings, and writer. When she’s not busy counting her Blessings she’s writing about them at RockSolidFamily.com, encouraging and strengthening families.
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