Scripture for Week of February 16-22

Judges 3:31 (NIV)

31After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad. He too saved Israel.


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  1. That music guy
    That music guy says:

    Rather than becoming discouraged at what resources you do not have, make the most of the tools with which God has provided you. There are no excuses for not serving Christ.

  2. Doug Barclay
    Doug Barclay says:

    Not much is said or known about this interesting leader of Israel. Since an oxgoad was a farm implement, and since he was quite proficient in handling this tool, we might surmise he was a farmer. And to kill 600 Philistines, he would seemed to have a warrior’s spirit and be very resourceful. He was also a man of God as he was called to be a leader and he responded in obedience.

    Several years ago, I read the book “The Three Success Secrets of Shamgar” written by Pat Williams and Jay Strack. It has been years since I’ve looked at this book, but the three key principles the authors shared about Shamgar were:
    1) Start where you are
    2) Use what you have
    3) Do what you can

    Regardless of where we are in our journey, no matter what obstacles or opportunities we face, God can use us where we are for His purposes and plans. We may feel inadequate in our abilities and wish we had more resources, but if we remember to look at our problems in light of God’s power instead of looking at God in the shadow of our problem’s, we will prevail. If we make God our first resource instead of our last resort, we will be able to live out the promise – with God, all things are possible.

  3. David Bearden
    David Bearden says:

    “And He will judge between nations,
    And will render decisions for many peoples;
    And they will hammer their swords into plowshares
    and their spears into pruning hooks.
    Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
    And never again will they learn war.” (Isaiah 2:3-4)

    And, as seen in Judges 3:31, God is also able to do the opposite. In Shamgar’s hands, the equivalent of a cattle prod becomes a weapon of unimaginable power through which he’s given the ability to waylay a detachment of 600 Philistines.

    For me, like so many times in Scripture, what’s more fascinating than the odds of the victory is God’s choice of redeemer. In this case, He chooses Shamgar, probably a simple farmer, who, as far as we know, “has not experienced any of the wars of Canaan” (Judges 3:1). Thus, though seemingly improbable—even impossible—by human standards, God allows and empowers, through faith, for His glory.

  4. Joey Rodgers
    Joey Rodgers says:

    The story of Shamgar is a brief but remarkable story of how one life can make a huge difference. As a result of his trust in God, he is described as a savior of Israel.

    We discover from his life that IT Matters that we by faith start where we are, use what we have, so that we can do what we can do for the glory of God. Not living out of our abilities and capabilities, but in surrender to the presence and power of God. It is amazing what God can do in and through a person when they live each day in the realization of the SACRED NOW. The Sacred Now is that place where conscience and conviction collide to move a person from spectating to participation. When they turn to God and say, “Take my life and let it be consecrated Lord to thee…” In that moment, God can take what we have and use it for Divine purposes for His glory.

    It is amazing what God can do with one life surrendered to Him. It is equally amazing what God can do with simple gifts, talents, abilities, and skills offered for use in His service. Don’t believe me? Just look what He did with Moses’ staff, David’s sling, and Shamgar’s ox goad. Little can become much when it is placed in the Master’s hands.

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