I usually write down one thought in the morning, but today I am thinking about two outstanding encouragements in Judges 5, and I have to write both down.
"Awake, awake, Deborah; Awake, awake, sing a song!” Judges 5:12
This struck me today! In order to sing praise to God, one must wake up!!! So many believers live in the coma of the world… complaining, negative, always seeing the worst in situations. No! Wake up and sing. At camp, as a child, our counselor would wake us up in the morning singing, “Rise and shine and give God the glory, glory…Children of the Lord.”
"Arise, shine; for your light has come,
Rise and Shine and give God the glory!!!!
My second thought is great encouragement it you are a soldier.
Not so much if you are a slacker.
"Why did you sit among the sheepfolds, To hear the piping for the flocks?
Deborah’s song records the people who fought in the battle and those who stood by, not wanting to risk their lives for the Lord. It records their names. The tribe of Zebulun served in the battle despising their lives even to death. They gave up their lives for the Lord! Rueben had great searching of hearts… what’s that mean? They thought and thought and prayed about the battle, but did not enter? So many people stayed home. Or sat at the seashore. That cracked me up. Especially since next week we are going to the sea. The sea is far more appealing than the battle. And so it is today: The Lord knows who is actively in the war, sharing the gospel, confronting the world and the enemy and who is staying home, sitting back and simply watching.
This reminded me of the end of 2 Timothy 4 where Paul names people and whether they hindered or helped the gospel outreach. I sure want to be in the help column. I want to be the soldier not the slacker.
Here is the thought. If you are working for the Lord, God knows and records it. There is a time of reward coming! He’s coming quickly, and His reward is with Him! But there is also a time of loss ahead for armchair Christians. Which group are you in? Which would you like to be in?
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.
Rise and Shine and Get to Work! That will give God the glory!
More than anything I would like to encourage you in your walk with God!