Shamgar

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

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