“You’re great, but…”
Posted: Monday, April 30
Verse of the day:
“Now Jephthah of Gilead was a great warrior. He was the son of Gilead, but his mother was a prostitute.” (Judges 11:1)
You’re great, but… Have you ever heard those words? Have you ever been marginalized based on something from your past or something you couldn’t control? Jephthah was all too familiar with the disappointment and the hurt of being overlooked and pushed aside based on the family he was born into. God had created him with gifts, talents and strength but those who knew him could only see a “son of a prostitute.” He was not someone that they wanted to associate with so the pushed him out. But God had created him to be a natural born leader. In time those who had marginalized him realized that they needed his help and God brought Jephthah to a place of leadership.
It is so easy to buy into what other’s opinions are of you. If they think you are garbage you feel like garbage. If they think you are amazing you feel amazing. God however always sees our value and our potential even when others do not. In fact when you read throughout the Bible who God chose to use often was those who were cast off by society. King David was the youngest of his brothers, Moses was adopted and had a stuttering problem, Gideon was fearful and felt like the least likely to succeed in his family, and Rahab was a prostitute…just to name a few.