The Israelites sang some lines about Barak in Judges 5:12-23. Barak, the leader of the Israelite army whose fears were real. The military man who refused to go into battle alone and demanded Deborah go with him. In the midst of all his faults, this part of the song remembers the victory; his prisoners (v. 12) and his leadership (v. 15) made it in the annals of history.
The grace and favor we find in Barak’s story reminds us that we can cut others— and ourselves—a little slack for our moments of fear. Say what you will about his shortcomings, but Barak believed with the little faith he could muster, and God used it to bring victory over one of the most feared armies of his day. We’re rarely going to get it all right, but the faith of a small mustard seed is all we need to see God triumph. He will lead and He will provide; we just need to believe. The victory depends on Him, not us.
Where do you need to show mercy to yourself and others?