Pulling the Strings

The stars fought from heaven, from their courses they fought against Sisera. Judges 5:20

While Deborah summoned Barak to take on Sisera with his 900 iron chariots and many troops, and Barak enlisted 10,000 men to help him, it might be easy to miss the hand of the Lord in the victory. In Deborah’s song in Chapter 5 she elaborates on the activity of the Almighty in the background.

First, he drew Sisera down to the river Kishon with a “tip-off” from a credible source.

Second, for twenty years this man terrorized Israel with these menacing chariots, but as fate (hand of God) would have it, they weren’t much use in the water and mud, as an unexpected violent storm with torrential rainfall caused the river to overflow.


The torrent of Kishon swept them away, the ancient torrent, the torrent Kishon. Judges 5:21

In our finite minds we rarely anticipate the unexpected, or contemplate God’s intercession in a miraculous way. Here he used the swords of Barak’s men and a flash flood caused by a rainstorm.

The Lord routed (or confused) Sisera and all his chariots and all his army with the edge of the sword and this flood before Barak; and Sisera alighted from his chariot and fled away on foot. Judges 4:15

It’s about time we go to our knees and plead with to the very same God to intervene in a world gone insane. The chariots are indeed surrounding us!

We should pray that he confound evil and cause it to turn on itself, as we learned from Gideon’s experience in the Midianite camp.

When they blew 300 trumpets, the Lord set the sword of one against another even throughout the whole army. Judges 7:22

All’s not lost with the Lord pulling the strings.

About Rick Reynolds

You'll find me in the far right hand corner of evangelical Christianity. Been studying the Word for 40 years and counting.
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