The Jephthah Cycle - Day 2

Opening Prayer:

Dear Lord, You are all the strength I need. Help me to surrender to You all my weaknesses so that You can use Your strength through me to accomplish Your will. Amen.

 

Read: Hebrews 11:32-34  (NIV)

“And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.”

 

Reflect:

Even after decades of being a Christian, I am still amazed at the people God chooses to accomplish His will and how effective they are when they trust Him. I have been in the workplace for over a decade and when we hire people or consider promotions, we are constantly looking at their strengths and how they will use them to contribute. This is a good practice and helps us build great companies. But there is something in all the names that Paul chooses in his letter to the Hebrews above.

God takes a different approach when looking to “hire” people to do His will. God takes the clearly imperfect, the weak, the outcasts, those that we pass by and overlook to accomplish some of the greatest feats in history. I love the message that this sends us. To be worthy in God’s eyes, you need to be you - nothing more. He longs to use you in His plan - no matter if you have done bad things or been hurt or only recently came to know Him.

Trusting God and following Him will lead you to do great things in His name and for a His kingdom. Jephthah was an illegitimate child from a mother who was a prostitute, a disgraceful position in those times. Yet God saw in Jephthah a warrior who had to trust God to become an all-star in the books of faith!

 

Apply: 
 

Embrace who you are and all of your strengths God has given you and the weaknesses He has blessed you with. You are all you need to be to serve in God's kingdom. What are some ways that you have thought of yourself as inadequate or weak and therefore unqualified to serve in God’s plan? Write them out and give them to God asking Him to give you all the strength you need.

 

Closing Prayer:
 

Dear Lord, You are truly amazing. You use Your power to bless the weak and the unqualified to accomplish Your plan. Please do the same with me and my weaknesses. Amen.

Terry Schneider