Shamgar

Israel did not yet have kings to rule over them.  Initially, God’s plan was to have judges rule over the people.  Shamgar is one of the minor judges Israel.  How minor is minor?  Well, he gets one verse. 

Judges 3:31
31 After him was Shamgar the son of Anath, who killed six hundred men of the Philistines with an ox goad; and he also delivered Israel.   NKJV 

He didn’t have horses, and chariots, and swords.  He had an “ox goad.”  A farming implement used to prod the ox pulling the plow.  A long stick with a pointed end.  The Philistines on the other hand, as the occupying force in Israel, were better manned and better equipped militarily.  They had the swords, the shields, the horses, and the chariots.But this one man, a farmer by trade, killed six hundred of the trained, better-equipped enemy with a farming tool.  He may have only had one verse written about him…not many Christians may know his name or the minute details of his story, but what he did was pretty impressive.

People may not know your name.  They may not think much of you or highly of you.  No one may be writing about you in their blog because you’re not newsworthy.  But God knows who you are, and in the midst of spiritual battles, if you stand up to the enemy, He will take whatever you offer to Him to defeat the forces of darkness.  You may not get your name in the papers for what you’ve done, in fact you may not even have one verse written about you.  But God knows.  And your willingness to fight for His kingdom is huge in His sight.  Don’t get sidelined because you’re not the main attraction in some men’s eyes.

In God’s eyes, you are.
Gene Pietrini

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

It was March 4, 1921.  Congress had approved for there to be a burial for an unidentified American soldier from World War 1.  The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is located in Arlington National Cemetery overlooking Washington, D.C.  Nothing is known of him except for the fact that he fought for his country.

On the backside of the tomb, these words are inscribed:
Here rests in honored glory
An American soldier known but to God.

And isn’t that what really matters?
That God sees, and that God knows?
Even if no one else knows who you are?
There’s a real purity in that.

There are people mentioned in the Bible that are not named, and some whose names are mentioned but very little is said of them.  That does not make them insignificant, or less significant than those who are mentioned often and of whom much is written.  Because nothing we do for Christ is insignificant, regardless of how big or how small it may be.

We should do what we do as unto God, with the sole purpose of bringing honor to Him and pleasing Him.  But it’s amazing what HE can do with what we bring to Him.

Maybe you are one of those unknown or unsung heroes.
Maybe no one else sees you or what you do, but rest assured that God’s Word is true.

Heb 6:10-11
10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.   NIV

Matthew 6:4
4  Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.  NIV

May He, Himself, be your reward.

Gene Pietrini