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Reuben was a Procrastinator

I guess my procrastination is a big issue with me, because I’m seeing the same thing in this chapter today as I did in yesterday’s!

Today in Judges chapter 5 I’m struck by the contrast between Reuben and Zebulun. The Message paraphrase of the Bible paints it in clear modern terms in verses 15-18.

“Captains marched down from Makir, from Zebulun high-ranking leaders came down … But in Reuben’s divisions there was much second-guessing. Why all those campfire discussions? Diverted and distracted, Reuben’s divisions couldn’t make up their minds …. But Zebulun risked life and limb, defied death.”

If you’re anything like me, you don’t have any problems relating to the whole talking a task into the ground and not getting a single thing accomplished as a result…and left to wonder why!

Second-guessing. What if I fail? What if it’s not of God? What if it turns out to be a waste of time? What if it doesn’t have good ROI’s? I can’t do it. etc.

But oh how I love Zebulun!
marched down…
came down…
even the high-ranking leaders…
to jeopardize their lives!

Don’t you just love Zebulun-type folks! Energetic, vibrant, can-do kind of people. Willing to risk their reputation, success rate, even their very lives to march forward in the Kingdom of God?

Reuben procrastinated away his opportunity to be part of a victory.
Zebulun participated in, and obtained the victory for himself and others.

Lord, oh that I might be from Zebulun’s tribe in 2008!

What if Deborah was a Procrastinator?

I’ve made many resolutions this year…
money management–get some;
weight management–lose some; and
time management–make some.

Of course, we all know you can’t “make time,” but I do desire that 2008 will the year I “take time” to do the “good thing,”…no, scratch that,…to do the “best thing.”

Today’s chapter is Judges 4. Of course I love this chapter, it’s about a woman named Deborah, who sat under her palm tree and administered wisdom and sound judgment generously to all who came to her. Sounds like a dreamy job, but required special, God-given, qualifications!

But the verse that strikes me the most today is verse 14:

Then Deborah said to Barak,
“Up! For this is the day
in which the Lord
has delivered Sisera [the enemy]
into your hand.
The Lord has gone out before you!”

And what if Barak or Deborah had a headache the day the Lord called? Or stayed up too late the night before? Or for me, what if it were a football Sunday and I didn’t have TiVo?

This…is the day!

Procrastination would have been costly.

Deliverance would have been missed.
Freedom from oppression never experienced.
Victory left untasted.

I’m wandering to myself, is there a deliverance, or a freedom, or a victory that my procrastination is robbing from me?

The Lord has gone out before you…I don’t want to be left behind playing Bejeweled!

Lord, drive a nail through procrastination in my life. Amen.