Judges: Book of Heroes traces the tragic story of the people of God from the glory days of Joshua to the gloomy days of Samson; from courage to compromise; from conquest to capitulation. But despite the subject matter, this is not a gloomy book! The author shows that for all their failings, the Judges were men and women of rare faith, men and women who stood for God in troubled times. And he encourages us too to live for God where He has placed us, to serve Him faithfully in the work to which He has called us.
We may not have the spiritual gifts of a Samson or a Deborah. We may not have the courage of an Othniel or a Jephthah. Perhaps we’re just ordinary, like Gideon, or maybe we feel like one of the minor judges, like Abodon or Ibzan or Tola, whose names nobody can remember. Nevertheless, God delights to use ordinary people! God will use those who have faith in Him, those whose hearts are loyal to Him. The judges of Israel, imperfect as they were, stand out for God like shining beacons in a dark night, because at the end of the day, they trusted God, and were available to Him.