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First Day of School 2022

As today is the first day of school for our ILCS family, we pause from our regular devotional schedule to reflect on the joy of new beginnings.


Isaiah 48:6

“You have heard; now see all this;

    and will you not declare it?

From this time forth I announce to you new things,

    hidden things that you have not known. (ESV)

 

Thought for Today

Today is a day of new beginnings in our community. It is the first day of school. While the children anticipate this new beginning, nervous for the unknown and excited to reconnect with friends they have not seen since the spring, it is an old ritual. Boston Latin School opened free to the public in 1635. Since 1852, US states have required every US child to go off to school each fall. Isn’t it interesting that something that has been going on for 165 years can, at the same time, feel new each time? This is how God’s grace feels, too. We have been forgiven and loved over and over, and yet it never feels routine or common place. It is new every morning. As our children go off to school we send them covered by that new grace that started 2000 years ago. May God bless our children to find wonder and friendship on their journey back to school.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, bless our children with courage and compassion today. Let them find wonder and joy in their new classrooms and return them home with stories of how they saw You today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

 Jesus' love for His children continues to be the greatest love story of all time. — Monica Johnson

 

Quote of the Day

What makes a child gifted and talented may not always be good grades in school, but a different way of looking at the world and learning. — Chuck Grassley  

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Gideon-Unexpected Help 2

Judges 6:28-29

When the men of the town rose early in the morning, behold, the altar of Baal was broken down, and the Asherah beside it was cut down, and the second bull was offered on the altar that had been built. And they said to one another, “Who has done this thing?” And after they had searched and inquired, they said, “Gideon the son of Joash has done this thing.”

 

Thought for Today

Following God will often upset other people.

 

The next morning the men of the town discovered what Gideon had done. They were shocked and upset. From their perspective Gideon had just made matters worse. They had been praying fervently for Baal to defend them from the Midianites. What Gideon had done would surely anger the already volatile deity. The ridiculousness of praying to the god of the Midianites to stop the Midianites seems completely lost on them. It should be obvious they needed to turn back the Lord, but it isn’t. They are furious that Gideon has taken away their hope.

 

This is all too common in our culture. The people of God are continually trying to fit in with non-believers around us in the hopes that imitation will bring the blessing of the culture. The church is trying to win the culture by trying to move away from God faster than the culture, to be champions of all the cultural causes. It doesn’t seem to occur to these people the reason their churches may be shrinking is they are moving away from God to the Baals of our culture.

 

When we try to take a stand for God, hold to our baptismal covenant to live according to His Word, those worshiping the culture are shocked and dismayed. They threaten and push back. They fear they will lose all the ground they may have gained with the culture.

 

It is not our job to defend our faithfulness, the Lord will do it. It is simply our job to be faithful. Gideon was not told what to do when the people reacted to his act of faith. God would handle them Himself. Keep your eyes fixed on God, not the reactions of others. He is your safe place.  

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to be faithful to You, to stand up for Your truth, and live as I have promised by the power of Your Spirit. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Anything under God's control is never out of control.”

Charles Swindoll

 

Quote of the Day

I won't tell you that the world matters nothing, or the world's voice, or the voice of society. They matter a good deal. They matter far too much. But there are moments when one has to choose between living one's own life, fully, entirely, completely—or dragging out some false, shallow, degrading existence that the world in its hypocrisy demands. You have that moment now. Choose!

Oscar Wilde

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Gideon: Unexpected Help 1

Judges 6:25-27

That night the Lord said to him, “…pull down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it and build an altar to the Lord your God on the top of the stronghold here, with stones laid in due order.” So Gideon took ten men of his servants and did as the Lord had told him. But because he was too afraid of his family and the men of the town to do it by day, he did it by night.

 

Thought for Today

When we left our hero, Gideon had been given his first assignment as God’s man. In many ways, his first assignment was his most difficult. He was called upon to start the cleansing of Israel with his own family. His father had sponsored the altar to Baal in their community.

 

What made this so difficult is the acknowledgement that the first enemy to be defeated is the heart of his own father. What were the possible consequences of attacking his father’s religion? He could be publicly humiliated, disowned, or even killed by his own family! It can be much harder to trust God to act with the people you know, especially your own family than to trust He will defend you from strangers.

 

Challenging the false faith of loved ones is a risky game, and the cost is high. No one likes to be rejected by strangers, but there is no real loss. To be rejected by family is very costly. Gideon obeys God, sort of. He pulls down the altar at night after everyone is asleep. He certainly avoids a direct confrontation and maybe even hopes no one will know who did it. God does not seem concerned with how or when Gideon obeyed, simply that he does. God knew Gideon was not yet the mighty man of courage He declared him to be at their first meeting. God knows He will have to build Gideon up, prove Himself faithful to grow Gideon’s confidence. So his obedience will be enough.

 

Where is God calling you to action? Does fear hold you back? Are you counting the cost and trying to determine if it is worth it? God knows you. He knows your heart and your confidence level. What would it look like just to do what He is asking. Not do it boldly or publicly, but just to get it done? God is okay with this kind of faith. He will show up and build your confidence as you see His faithfulness in your life.  

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to both know and do Your will in my life. You know me and what I believe I can do. Help me overcome my doubt and just act. Show me Your glory in the outcome. Amen.  

 

Devotional Quote

Faith is the virtue by which, clinging-to the faithfulness of God, we lean upon him, so that we may obtain what he gives to us.

William Ames

 

Quote of the Day

Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.

Marcus Tullius Cicero 

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Jesus' Authority

John 7:6-8, 28-29

Jesus said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always here. The world cannot hate you, but it hates me because I testify about it that its works are evil. You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” So Jesus proclaimed, as he taught in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I come from. But I have not come of my own accord. He who sent me is true, and him you do not know. I know him, for I come from him, and he sent me.”

 

Thought for Today

 The setting for John 7 is during the Feast of Booths, a time of celebrating the harvest. Who doesn't like a festival or a party, right? But Jesus tells his disciples to go ahead, 'It's not His time.' What's He talking about? He then goes on to talk about their time always being here. Back in Chapter 6, a large number of Jesus followers, those beyond the 12 He picked, leave Him because they 'found His statements hard'. Jesus spoke only truth. Many, especially the pharisees, sadducees and other Jewish political elites, rejected Jesus' claims as apostasy and blasphemy. As a result, the Jewish elites were looking for ways to entrap, persecute and kill Jesus. He, Jesus, knew of this and, as always, was listening to His Abba Father for when His time of sacrifice was to be. That was God's plan from the beginning and Jesus was to be the sacrificial lamb to redeem believers back into a relationship with Him.

 

Unlike Gideon and Saul/Paul, unexpected heroes invited by God to join Him in His plan, Jesus is a very expected hero. God's only begotten son was with Him since the beginning of time. Jesus was there when God did His work of creation. Jesus is fully God and upon His birth became fully human too. His mission in this world is that of our Redeemer King. At this point in the text, it was not yet the time for His sacrifice. Remember, God was and is in control. His sovereignty reigns in all things. That's important for us to remind ourselves. When we get frustrated, angry, fearful or worried, we need to turn all these challenging issues over to Him in prayer. We cannot do anything about the sinful drivers in today's troubled world. We need to remember that He and He alone, through the power of the Holy Spirit, will change hearts, thereby restoring souls and redirecting lives back towards His perfect plan for them. God's redeeaming plan for salvation, His ultimate and perfect plan can only be accomplished in this way. As disciples, we need to be ready to be invited and follow His lead for our role in His plan.

Are you ready? Are you excited? Are you looking forward to the adventure He will invite you to join Him in? Stay alert, be ready to be interrupted because you may be threshing wheat and He has a more important task He wants you to experience by joining Him.

 

Prayer

 Dear Abba, We praise You for Your eternal sovereignty. We understand that Your plan is a perfect one for our lives and for all of Your creation. Thank You for inviting unexpected heroes to be Your hands and feet as You make Your next move in changing hearts, Your perfect fulfillment. Thank You for Jesus and His redemptive sacrifice and the power of the Holy Spirit in my life. Please prepare me to receive Your invitation to go deeper with You. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

It is only because he became like us that we can become like him.

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Quote of the Day

The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.

— Helen Keller 

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Paul's Calling

Galatians 1:11-13, 15-16a

For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel. For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. For you have heard of my former life in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it. But when he who had set me apart before I was born, and who called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son to me, in order that I might preach him among the Gentiles.

 

Thought for Today

Today's devotion is not the story of Paul's conversion. That is found in Acts 9. Today's focus is on Paul's calling: By whom? Paul's perspective on it? His transformation.

 

Paul's very forthright in verse 11: the gospel Paul preached was NOT man's gospel. Rather, he received the Gospel directly from Jesus Christ Himself. Saul's life before being confronted by Jesus was as a devout pharisee, so much so that he was persecuting the Jesus followers because he thought they were committing blasphemy (the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God). Saul was a living example of ultimate passion for God, his problem was that his belief perspective blinded him from God's truth. Jesus provides Saul a midlife correction as detailed in Acts 9. Jesus gave him a new name, Paul, to reflect his new essence, new being and right Godly focus. Paul also received grace from Jesus. His sinful life of persecuting Christians was forgiven and in the past! What a miraculous redirection: Saul a murderer became Paul the disciple who wrote the majority of the New Testament and ministered to the gentiles, the non-Jews.

 

As we focus on God's calling unexpected heroes in this series, we must ask the question of ourselves: 'What's God's plan for using me as one of His unexpected heroes?' Does this apply to me? Was I 'set apart' before I was born? Have I been called by his grace? Does Galatians 1;15 apply to me? Did God weave me in my mother's womb? Did He bestow upon me His claim in baptism? Has He extended to me His grace and forgiveness? Have I received forgiveness at the beginning of each worship and in celebrating the Eucharist? If your answers to these questions are all yes, your in! If you cannot say yes to them all, but want to say yes, schedule an appointment with Pastor Eric or Pastor Chris to help you resolve the barrier so that you can say YES!

 

Prayer

Lord, Thank You for who You are, Your sovereignty, Your perfect plan and for the gift of the Holy Spirit, our companion and comforter. Help me to connect with You in a deeper relationship. Help me to grow in my ability to see Your call for me to be of greater service to You. Help me to be grounded in Your plan and Your ways. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

The great thing, if one can, is to stop regarding all the unpleasant things as interruptions of one's 'own,' or 'real' life. The truth is of course that what one calls the interruptions are precisely one's real life -- the life God is sending one day by day."

—C.S. Lewis

 

Quote of the Day

Jesus calls us to his rest, and meekness is His method. The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.

— A.W. Tozer

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God's Commandment

Judges 6:25-27

That night the Lord said to him, “Take your father's bull, and the second bull seven years old, and pull down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the Asherah that is beside it and build an altar to the Lord your God on the top of the stronghold here, with stones laid in due order. Then take the second bull and offer it as a burnt offering with the wood of the Asherah that you shall cut down.” So Gideon took ten of his servants and did as the Lord had told him. But because he was too afraid of his family and the men of the town to do it by day, he did it by night.

 

 

Thought for Today

 We should all know that idol worship is a great offense to God. We should also understand that 'that idol' is the #1 love in our life. Gideon was commanded by The Lord to destroy the idol to Baal that his father built and worshiped. As commanded, Gideon did precisely as commanded, but he did it at night.

 

Last week, Pastor Eric wrote a Daily Devotional based on Judges 2:10-12 entitled Judges: Compromise. I'd encourage you to reflect back upon his message for it replicates the precedent for how Gideon's father and the other Israelites fell away from their relationship with God. We are seeing the manifestation of this in our society today. There are many slippery slope topics which cause hearts to worship idols.

 

Pastor Erwin Lutzer, Pastor Emeritus of Moody Bible Church, in his book entitled 'We Will Not Be Silenced: Responding Courageously to Our Culture's Assault on Christianity', discusses a number of slippery slope issues all leading to societal depravity and licentiousness. He believes that today's young people are especially in grave danger because once they taste sexual idolatry or drug idolatry (just to name a few), those around them affirm the 'rightness' of their new love vs the shame and deprivation it will cause. Thus the 'slippery slope' is an easy and titillating ride. Thus the sin that Joash the Abiezrite, Gideon's father fell into along with many other Israelites of the time is just like our society today. Society affirmed the slippery slope for both them and now for us.

 

So once again, the purpose of the devotional is to 1) focus on God's perfect plan for His creation, our society and 2) challenge us to be in discernment to first understand His plan and desire, then 3) apply it in our personal and corporate lives. Doing what pleases God should be our only choice in all decisions that come before us each and every day. Many of these decisions are not all that clear, that's why we need to be in His Word and be in prayer in order that the Holy Spirit can guide us in discerning what His way is.

 

Prayer

Dear Holy Spirit, I'm so grateful that You are with me each and every day. This life is very difficult and sometimes I'm not sure what is Your way and what will honor and please You. You gave Gideon very clear direction that day. Please be that direct with me and help me to understand so that I can honor and glorify You. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

Being a Christian is less about cautiously avoiding sin than about courageously and actively doing God's will."

Eric Metaxas

 

Quote of the Day

The greatest honor we can give Almighty God is to live gladly because of the knowledge of his love."

— Julian of Nowich 

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Gideon's Worship

Judges 6:16-24

And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.” And he said to him, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, then show me a sign that it is you who speak with me. Please do not depart from here until I come to you and bring out my present and set it before you.” And he said, “I will stay till you return." So Gideon went into his house and prepared a young goat and unleavened cakes from an ephah of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and the broth he put in a pot, and brought them to him under the terebinth and presented them. And the angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened cakes, and put them on this rock, and pour the broth over them.” And he did so. Then the angel of the Lord reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes. And fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes. And the angel of the Lord vanished from his sight. Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the Lord. And Gideon said, “Alas, O Lord God! For now I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face." But the Lord said to him, “Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die." Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it, The Lord Is Peace. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites.

 

 

Thought for Today

I've never had a face-to-face encounter with God, have you? I'm not sure how I would respond but probably would fall to my knees. I'm not sure I'd be able to have a conversation with Him, I'd be in such a startled state. How about you?

 

The Lord comforts Gideon by telling him that He will be with him and deliver the Midianites to him. That would be a great reassurance but yet, Gideon was not a warrior or one who even came from a powerful elite family. He was a farmer, full of self-doubt about his ability to be of help to God. Knowing this was The Lord inviting/commanding him, Gideon's response was to first worship Him. So that is exactly what he does.

 

We may think Gideon's worshipful response was a strange one but we must put his actions into the context of his cultural time and place. Following God's deliverance of the Israelites from Egypt, worship was offering a sacrifice to The Lord, exactly as Gideon did. The Lord's response was one of accepting the offering thereby confirming His person-hood to Gideon and confirming that He was, as He stated, with Gideon. It was also understood that if one came face-to-face with God, they would die. The Lord assured Gideon that that would not happen to him. Gideon must have been full of questions, fear, inadequacy and incompetency. How could it be, he was just a man? Have you ever had a God encounter? What's your story?

 

My encounter with Him is my greatest treasure. I was seeking God's forgiveness. I received, it in addition, to the greatest and deepest sense of peace and joy that continues to warm my heart every time I think about it.  

 

Prayer

Dear Abba, You want us to be in a deep relationship with You. You desire us to seek You and desire You to be intimately involved in our lives. In the good, the bad and the ugly, You want us to bring it all to You. When we do, You will be present with us. You invite us into Your perfect plan. When we accept Your invitation, You are honored and glorified. May we not be fearful but overjoyed in experiencing You. Amen

 

Devotional Quote

The cross is laid on every Christian. The first Christ-suffering which every man must experience is the call to abandon the attachments of this world. It is that dying of the old man which is the result of his encounter with Christ. As we embark upon discipleship we surrender ourselves to Christ in union with his death—we give over our lives to death. Thus it begins; the cross is not the terrible end to an otherwise god-fearing and happy life, but it meets us at the beginning of our communion with Christ. When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die."

— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

 

Quote of the Day

Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right.

— Abraham Lincoln

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Gideon's Invitation

Devotion Writers this week: Ron and Linda Jaeger


Judges 6:11-15

Now the angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth at Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon was beating out wheat in the wine-press to hide it from the Midianites. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” And Gideon said to him, “Please, my lord, if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all his wonderful deeds that our fathers recounted to us, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and given us into the hand of Midian.” And the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?” And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.”


Thought for Today

Have you participated in Pastor Eric's 'Welcome to the Adventure' or it's predecessor, Henry Blackaby's 'Experiencing God'? If not I'd encourage you to sign-up when it's next offered. Without giving away the depth of the great experience, it's all about heightening our spiritual awareness of God's active presence in our lives and His desire to invite us to join Him in His work through the daily activities of the Holy Spirit. God sightings and winks are occurring all around us, question is: are we 'on the watch' for them and when the invitations come, how do we respond?

 

This preaching series is about unexpected heroes. Gideon was one of God's choices. Like Moses and many others, Gideon's response was, 'ME?'. Gideon is approached in the wine-press and he's threshing wheat. Gideon was hiding from the Midianites so they wouldn't see what he was doing and then steal his wheat harvest.

 

The Lord's introduction is very interesting:“The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.” Note that The Lord is WITH Gideon. Not opposing him but WITH him and He calls him 'man of valor'. Webster defines valor as: strength of mind or spirit that enables a person to encounter danger with firmness: personal bravery. Gideon's response is one of challenging The Lord because He, The Lord, had allowed all these bad things to happen to the Israelites, allowing the Midianites to prey upon them, causing all sorts of suffering and misery. The Lord's response is direct: I'm sending YOU! Gideon's response is like Moses' and probably ours. 'But I'm not capable of leading nor do I have any special power's, knowledge or insight's for how to overcome these evil Midianites.' The Lord adds, 'Do I not send you?'

 

So what would your response be to God's invitation to be His hands and feet in service in His ministry? Are you seeing His opportunities, His calling?

 

Prayer

Lord, Life is challenging and seems to be getting more so, day-by-day. I also know that I miss opportunities to serve and witness for You. Sometimes I don't even see these situations, sometimes I recognize them only in hindsight, long gone from the scene. Help me have better sight and please equip me to be Your servant when You invite me to serve You.

 

Devotional Quote

God calls him a mighty man not because of Gideon’s natural strength and courage, but because of what Gideon will be able to do in the power that God will give him.

— Paul David Tripp

 

Quote of the Day

It is easy to speak of bravery, but it is difficult to live the words.”

― Craig D. Lounsbrough 

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Judges: Deborah

Judges 4:4-11

Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lappidoth, was judging Israel at that time. She used to sit under the palm of Deborah … and the people of Israel came up to her for judgment. She sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali and said to him, “Has not the Lord, the God of Israel, commanded you, ‘Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor, taking 10,000 from the people of Naphtali and the people of Zebulun.  And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin's army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops, and I will give him into your hand’?” Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” And she said, “I will surely go with you. Nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.” Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.  

 

Thought for Today

Deborah is a monumentally unique leader in world history. In 1100 B.C., a time when men ruled the world (for context Cleopatra does lead Egypt until 69 B.C.), Deborah was the recognized authority in Israel. She is also unique in that she is the only leader God raises up who appears to be a judge in both sense of the word: a leader of Israel in a time of crisis and one who adjudicates the disputes of her countrymen before there were TV contracts for that sort of thing.

 

When the Canaanites sent an invincible army with 900 chariots of iron, real military game-changers of the day, Deborah called on Israel’s military leader to raise 10,000 troops to follow God into combat. The general, Barak, is so afraid he refuses to go unless Deborah goes with him. He has learned his lesson well. He will only follow the woman who follows God. She warns him that if she goes he will lose face, but he decides life is more important than reputation and demands she go anyway. How gracious of God to work through him despite his fears. Barak would have the victory either whether Deborah went or not, because it was God who would fight the battle. It is a shame we don’t have more detail about this incredible battle, but the point is clearly made that it is only because God fights for His people.

 

From all this we learn that it is okay to be afraid when God calls you to act in a way that will display His glory. There may be a cost, but it will not be the battle. The battle belongs to the Lord.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, help me to follow You with courage. And when my courage fails, help me to follow the one who follows You. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. ― Victor Hugo

 

Quote of the Day

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage. ― Lao Tzu

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Judges: Ehud

Forgive the long reading today. This is one of the funniest stories in Scripture and I did not want to short-change it.

 

Judges 3:15-28

Then the people of Israel cried out to the Lord, and the Lord raised up for them a deliverer, Ehud, the son of Gera, the Benjaminite, a left-handed man. The people of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab.  And Ehud made for himself a sword with two edges… and he bound it on his right thigh under his clothes. And he presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Now Eglon was a very fat man. And when Ehud had finished presenting the tribute, he sent away the people who carried the tribute. But he himself turned back at the idols near Gilgal and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” And he commanded, “Silence.” And all his attendants went out from his presence. And Ehud came to him as he was sitting alone in his cool roof chamber… And Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly. And the hilt also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not pull the sword out of his belly; and the dung came out. Then Ehud went out into the porch and closed the doors of the roof chamber behind him and locked them.

 

When he had gone, the servants came, and when they saw that the doors of the roof chamber were locked, they thought, “Surely he is relieving himself in the closet of the cool chamber.” And they waited till they were embarrassed. But when he still did not open the doors of the roof chamber, they took the key and opened them, and there lay their lord dead on the floor.

 

Ehud escaped while they delayed, and … when he arrived, he sounded the trumpet in the hill country of Ephraim…And he said to them, “Follow after me, for the Lord has given your enemies the Moabites into your hand.”

 

Thought for Today

One of the most improbable heroes in the Bible is Ehud. What makes him so unlikely is not his humble circumstances or shady past. While we overlook it completely today, what made him such a crazy choice was he was left-handed.

 

Until very recent times, being left-handed was considered a major flaw. In fact, the Latin word for left-handed is “sinister!”

 

However, because Ehud was secretly left-handed, the guards never bothered to check his right hip for a weapon. Who would carry a weapon there? He was able to assassinate the enemy king and leave him ostensibly on the commode while the servants waited uncomfortably outside, because of this simple fact.

 

Israel was given 80 years of peace under Ehud’s leadership, so he certainly had a great deal to offer as a faithful leader of Israel, but what God wants you to remember from His use of Ehud is you have no idea what qualification He is looking for among His faithful people. It could be leadership. It could be holiness. Or it could be you’re left-handed.

 

As you offer yourself to God today, offer your whole self. For Ehud, being left-handed had always been a shameful thing, a deficiency mocked by others. Yet, it was the very God-given quality that saved Israel. What are you ashamed of that God can use? Your past? Your scars? A physical malady? Don’t doubt that God can use it to His glory and the blessing of His people!

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father use me. All of me. You know the parts of me I try to hide from others. If they can bring You glory, use them! Bring them to light. Be glorified in all of me. Amen.  

 

Devotional Quote

All the decisive blows are struck left-handed. ― Walter Benjamin

 

Quote of the Day

The things that make me different are the things that make me ME. -Piglet

― A. A. Milne

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