Gilead remained across the Jordan; and why did Dan stay in ships? Asher sat at the seashore, and remained by its landings. Zebulun was a people who despised their lives even to death, and Naphtali also, on the high places of the field. – Judges 5:17-18
When Deborah served as God’s prophetess and judge to Israel, there seemed to be a problem with male leadership. Barak, to illustrate my point, lost his honor in the defeat of Sisera, because he refused to trust God. Deborah had alluded to this problem when she said, “When the leaders lead in Israel, when the people volunteer, praise the Lord.” Later on, in her song, she was more specific in asking three tribes (Gilead, Dan, and Asher) why they had not joined in the defeat of Israel’s enemies.
I am personally thankful for every woman of God who has faithfully served Him through the years and I honestly do not know where the church (or the church’s efforts to reach the unreached) would be without them, but seriously, where are the men? Yes, there are indeed some great examples for us to follow, but on the whole, there seems to be a deficit.
God’s purposes cannot be hindered or confounded. He will accomplish all He desires. With this in mind, it is time for men to rise up and lead their families and God’s work as He desires. Guys, we cannot remain “by our landings” when the battle is raging on the “high places” of our culture. God is calling. Will you join the fight?
Today is what the Lord has prepared you for. – Mark Dever