Judges 4:8-9 (NKJV) And Barak said to her, "If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go!" So she said, "I will surely go with you; nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking."
My focus has always been on giving God glory. God gives us every good thing we receive as well as every strength or talent we possess. Without God we would be hopeless; even the unbeliever receives His goodness so it only makes sense that we could not glorify God enough.
The more I know God personally---the more I am humbled. However, lately God has been talking to me about expecting more than just deliverance over my challenges. He wants me to believe for honor. God says in Isaiah 61:7, "Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,"
In Judges 4, we read about Barak, a leader of Israel's military force, and Deborah, a prophetess. Deborah had a word for Barak to go to battle and receive a victory, but Barak did not have enough faith to receive the honor. The story reveals that he did receive the victory but not the glory.
When I first read this story, I saw a humble man who did not care about the honor. As I pondered this, I realized God wanted to glorify Barak.
We are His body and God wants to glorify us too. We are an outlet for His glory. When the prophet Isaiah gave a word to the people of Judah, he said, "If you will not believe, Surely you shall not be established" (Isa. 7:9). The Hebrew word translated as established, means to build up (1).
In our verse at the top, Barak had the faith to believe for victory only if the prophetess came along; there was not enough faith for anything else.
God wants to lift you up. Do not limit yourself to just the victory in the challenge---see a promotion. In this way, you will release the glory of God into an unsaved world.
(1) Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary, copyright 1890 by James Strong, MADISON, NJ. Strong’s number, H539.