IIn Judges 4 we see God bring forth a cast of characters that bring a number of gifts. Typically, a judge is one who is more warrior-like in the book of Judges. But in this story, Deborah doesn’t seem to possess that quality and yet she is named prophet and judge. She acts more like an arbitrator than a warrior or ruler. Barak acts as warrior, but with very few leadership skills. Jael is a wife of Heber the Kenite. Yet, all three of these characters play significant roles in defeating the Canaanites. But not one of them is considered the lone hero. Maybe that is to say that God is the true victor. And it is only by God’s hand that the Israelites prevail. Too often, individually, you or I want to appear to be the hero. We want to be the victor. We want the glory. But that’s vanity. Thinking in such a way will lead us to dark and isolated corners of our soul. What is established in Judges 4 is that we can’t achieve God’s purposes alone. We must rely not only on ourselves and our relationship with Him, but on God’s work in others as well. When we find that synergy and God’s purposes together, we can proclaim the name of Jesus and establish the Kingdom of God. In what ways do you need to be open to achieving God’s purposes with other believers? Where can you open yourself to His gifts in other believers? How can you find synergy, cooperation and teamwork with these other believers?