A Faith Assistant

Steven Laman

READ : Judges 4:1-16

Barak said to her, “If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.” “Very well,” Deborah said, “I will go with you. . . . “ (vv. 8-9, niv)

As someone who has grown up with a disability, I am grateful for the various assistants who have helped me. There were helpers in physical therapy who positioned me in my wheelchair, teacher’s aides who were available to answer my questions, and note takers who made it possible for me to succeed in college classes.

The prophetess Deborah was a faith assistant for a Jewish general named Barak. Through Deborah, God summoned Barak to defeat Sisera, the captain of the Canaanite army. At first he was reluctant to take up the challenge, but after persuading Deborah to go with him, Barak accepted the Lord’s assignment. Even though God would rather have had Barak exercise faith and go fight Sisera on his own, his hesitation did not disqualify him from being used by the Lord.

Whom has God used as a faith assistant in your life? Maybe it was your parents. Or could it be that pastor whose sermons challenged you? It does not matter how many “Deborahs” we need to encourage us on our faith journey. What is important is that we end up with a strong faith.


Thank you, Lord, for people who are kindling faith in my life.