When the task ahead of us seems insurmountable, remember that Jesus Christ has walked this path before. He knows the way and has prepared a way forward.
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And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee?
1. It may not be on the mountain height
Or over the stormy sea,
It may not be at the battle’s front
My Lord will have need of me.
But if, by a still, small voice he calls
To paths that I do not know,
I’ll answer, dear Lord, with my hand in thine:
I’ll go where you want me to go.
I’ll go where you want me to go, dear Lord,
Over mountain or plain or sea;
I’ll say what you want me to say, dear Lord;
I’ll be what you want me to be.
2. Perhaps today there are loving words
Which Jesus would have me speak;
There may be now in the paths of sin
Some wand’rer whom I should seek.
O Savior, if thou wilt be my guide,
Tho dark and rugged the way,
My voice shall echo the message sweet:
I’ll say what you want me to say.
3. There’s surely somewhere a lowly place
In earth’s harvest fields so wide
Where I may labor through life’s short day
For Jesus, the Crucified.
So trusting my all to thy tender care,
And knowing thou lovest me,
I’ll do thy will with a heart sincere:
I’ll be what you want me to be.
Teach: The children of Israel inherited the promised land and were charged with driving the Canaanites out. The Canaanites worshiped idols and didn’t know the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Before very long, the Israelites turned away from their faith in God.
We are sometimes like the children of Israel. We feel the Lord’s Spirit and commit to making good choices to always have His Spirit with us. Then, something happens–a temptation arises or a trial comes–and our resolve goes out the window.
Ask: Does the Lord give up on us when it takes us a long time to learn something?
Scripture: Judges 2:1 “And an angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.”
Teach: When babies are learning how to walk, they take a few steps forward, but then they fall down. They get back up and try again. As many times as they keep trying, they will keep making progress. Heavenly Father has a lot of patience for us too–as long as we keep getting back up and keep trying.
Quote: “Knowing that the strait and narrow path would be strewn with trials and that failures would be a daily occurrence for us, the Savior paid an infinite price to give us as many chances as it would take to successfully pass our mortal probation.” — Elder Lynn G. Robbins
Scripture: Moroni 6:8 “But as oft as they repented and sought forgiveness, with real intent, they were forgiven.”
Ask: What does repenting with “real intent” mean? Why is it important that our repentance have real intent?
Teach: The Lord will forgive us and give us more chances, but if we are only pretending to be sorry so that we can sin again tomorrow, we are missing the point, and the joy of repentance.
Video: Elder Dale G. Renlund learned the joy of repentance. Watch how in this video.
Testify: God will not walk away from us. We will sometimes walk away from Him because we are human and we are still learning. As long as we keep repenting and keep trying, we can feel the joy of growing ever closer to the Lord.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Teach: The children of Israel had been delivered from Egypt. Then from hunger and thirst. Then from the same foods and fiery serpents. Then from wandering in the wilderness. And yet, each time God delivered them, they would repent for a time and then resume their rebellious ways.
Ask: What patterns do we see exemplified in the children of Israel? Don’t we also have a need for continual repentance?
Quote: Elder Lynn G. Robbins taught, “No one is more on our side than the Savior. He allows us to take and keep retaking His exams. To become like Him will require countless second chances in our day-to-day struggles with the natural man, such as controlling appetites, learning patience and forgiveness, overcoming slothfulness, and avoiding sins of omission, just to name a few. If to err is human nature, how many failures will it take us until our nature is no longer human but divine? Thousands? More likely a million.”
Teach: During one of the Israelites’ periods of rebellion, they became subject to the Canaanite ruler, Jabin. At this time, Deborah the prophetess was the judge over all of Israel. Her counsel was sought as to how to overcome their bondage and she courageously delineated a plan to lure their enemies into the open. Deborah was directing Barak in these war strategies. “Barak was confident that the plan would work only with Deborah’s help. ‘If thou wilt go with me,” he said, “then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go’” (Judges 4:8).
Ask: Have you ever felt like you could do or endure something challenging as long as you had someone you trusted by your side?
How can we learn to trust the Lord this much?
Teach: Deborah did trust the Lord this much. She knew that if they followed the voice and in the footsteps of the Lord that they would be delivered.
Read: Judges 4:14– “And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee?”
Testify: The Lord has walked the path before us. If we trust Him and do His will, He has already made a way for us. When we head out on our own way, rebelling against the Lord, we get stuck in thorns, get lost, and put ourselves in danger. When we walk with Him, we have no need to fear.
Video: Enjoy this video reminder of the peace that comes from following in the path of Jesus Christ.
FOR SINGLE STUDY
Read: This short description of Deborah the prophetess, judge over Israel, will give you renewed appreciation for this faithful woman and her commitment to trusting the Lord’s direction for her life and her people.
Consider or Journal: Deborah had a unique mission. What if she had shirked her responsibility as judge of Israel or doubted herself when Barak lacked her same conviction?
How can we stand firm in what we know and who we need to be even when the pressure is high?
Watch: Sheri Dew discusses the importance of being who we say we are. When we are believers of Christ, we can never again be who we were before we believed. Video available to watch here.
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Play “Guess Who?” as a family. Have an adult choose one child to guess. This child closes his or her eyes and then the adult chooses a second person. When both children are chosen, the guesser asks the adult yes or no questions to ascertain who the chosen child is. Ask questions like, “Does this person play soccer?” “Does this person love to draw?” Keep playing until everyone has been highlighted and every child has had a turn to guess. Use this as an opportunity to explore each child’s unique gifts and personality.