March 18

Like the sun as he rises in his might

These words conclude the Song of Deborah and Barak. These four chapters can be summed up in the last verse found in them.

Judges 5:31 (ESV)  31 “So may all your enemies perish, O LORD! But your friends be like the sun as he rises in his might.”

Like the Israelites in the days of the judges, we find ourselves in a day when it seems very few are obedient to follow God. Many who claim the name of Christ live like the world, and the faithful few feel that they often stand alone in their faithful obedience to the will and word of God.

But the one who is on God’s side is never outnumbered. Those who oppose God rise and they fall generation after generation. A Christian who feels defeated by them today need only remember that one day very soon their opponents will be discredited or dead, while God will still reign sovereignly.

Those who rise and stand in Christ, rise in His might.

1 John 4:4 (ESV)  4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.