After Ehud, Shamgar son of Anath [became judge]. He delivered Israel by striking down 600 Philistines with an oxgoad. – Judges 3:31
I have a good friend who preaches a message from Judges 3:31 on the life of Shamgar, son of Anath. In my two decades of pastoring local churches, I would always this brother to come and share with our folks the central theme of Shamgar’s life (as he saw it). Through this message (that certainly others have shared), we see that Shamgar did what he could … with what he had … where he was.
Shamgar killed 600 Philistines with nothing but an oxgoad (basically, a long, pointed pole). He also became a “judge” and mighty victor in all Israel, because he simply made himself available to God. Shamgar did what he could, where he was, with what he had available at the time. Move over, (insert favorite action hero here).
So, what is your excuse?
Paul persecuted Christ-followers. King David was a murderous adulterer. Ruth was a Moabite. Moses, apparently, had some sort of speech impediment. Yet, all were used of God to accomplish His purposes. God gives all of His children the ability to serve Him in some way and also gives them the authority to do something with it. All Shamgar had was an oxgoad. What has God given you to use for His glory … and when do you plan to start using it?
Success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have. – Zig Ziglar
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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