The Barak of the Old Testament was called by the lady judge of the day, Deborah, to deal with the Canaanites who were the thorn in Israel’s side. Being the confident leader of an army of ten thousand, he decided that he needed to have Deborah come along. The price for that was that the main bad guy would be killed by a woman. No guts, no glory as they say.
So while Barak was cutting down the enemy’s troops, the main bad guy was fleeing for his life. He happened upon the equivalent of a housewife and helped himself to some hospitality and a nap. After all, a day of fighting is tiring work. The housewife might have had her own reasons for wanting the main bad guy dead, but she did the dirty deed. At the end of the day, Deborah broke out in song and Barak joined her.
Yet, Barak recived a mention in the Hall of Faith that is Hebrews 11:32-34, “32And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.”
God likes to use unlikely people to get his plans accomplished. Barak was the sort of guy you’d think could get the job done, but he felt he needed Deborah at his side. Yet again, a character has a lack of confidence. However, he did manage to deal with everybody else who wasn’t the main bad guy. Trusting God doesn’t mean you have to do the job by yourself. Sometimes it means relying on him knowing that you’ve failed part of the test. Sure, Barak lost out on the glory of offing the main bad guy, but at the end of the day he was victorous and broke out with a song, with praise for the Lord. Faith will get you through, win or loose.