Posted: Thursday, April 30
Verse of the day:
So Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob. Soon he had a band of worthless rebels following him.(Judges 11:3)
I love a good story and the book of Judges is full of great stories. Every chapter is the epic tale of great men and women in Israel’s history. Heroes that would arise in the times of desperation. Most of these heroes had humble beginnings. None more so than Jephthah. Before you read on in the devotional, take a moment today to read the story of Jephthah found in Judges 11 & 12.
Jephthah had everything stacked against him. He was the illegitimate son of a prostitute. His brothers drove him away, refusing to give him a share of his father’s inheritance. He found himself living in the wilderness and soon had amassed such quality friends that the writer of Judges describes them as “worthless rebels.” Needless to say, it could have been very easy for him to feel rejected by everyone, including God.
However, God’s acceptance of us is never reflected in the way others treat us. Jephthah was chosen by God to be the deliverer of Israel. How different would this story be if, when the elders came to the wilderness to recruit Jephthah, he had rejected them? If he would have let his bitterness and past pain blind him, he would have lost out on what God’s plan was for his life. God desired to elevate him out of the obscurity of rejection.
How have you been rejected? Have you felt the deck has always been stacked against you? Do you look at your current situation and only see wilderness and “worthless rebels”? Instead of thinking God has abandoned you, turn your life towards him today and know that the rejection of others is not the rejection of God. God loves you. He has a great plan for your life. You may not feel worthy or of any use and that is a good place to be. When God does use you, you will give Him all the glory because you will know it was not your greatness that caused the victory, but His. God had not rejected you. He is for you. God’s acceptance is not a feeling, it is a fact.