“Why did you sit at home among the sheepfolds- to hear the shepherds whistle for their flocks? Yes, in the tribe of Reuben there was great indecision.” (Judges 5:16)
In this chapter, Deborah recounts the battle in a song of victory. Starts with how Israel’s leaders took charge, but how only Zebulun and Naphtali fought and the others didn’t join in the battle. It tells of how Jael deceived Sisera and killed him and ends with his mother wondering why he is taking so long to get home, comforting herself with hopes that he is taking long due to all the spoil being collected. So Judges 4 and 5 are the same- one the actual story, then done in song.
Just as the tribe of Reuben and the others who didn’t go out into battle but stayed home, there are so many Christians today just staying home to pray. They are content to let others go out into the battle field while they sip on their cups of tea and pray for the warriors in comfort. While prayer is important and has its place, so the battlefield is just as important and needs our attention. As Christians, we are in a battlefield and need to wage war against the enemy for the souls of man. We need to get out there on the field and win as many souls as we can before Jesus, our Chief in command returns. Will you put on your armour and head out to battle today, or will you stay home and pray?
“Lord, today I get dressed for battle, I put on my armour and forgive me for taking it off! Forgive me for not going out onto the field enough to save souls, help me to pray to prepare myself for war, not just pray and stay home. You said the harvest is ripe, but the labourers are few- send out more labourers, and I volunteer as one of them- in Jesus’ name, amen.”
*Matt 28:18-20; Eph 6:10-18