Wanted back – CAC Living Water Devotional
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
TOPIC: WANTED BACK
Read Judges 11:1-10
1 Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a mighty man of valor, but he was the son of a harlot; and Gilead begot Jephthah.
2 Gilead’s wife bore sons; and when his wife’s sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out, and said to him, “You shall have no inheritance in our father’s house, for you are the son of another woman.”
3 Then Jephthah fled from his brothers and dwelt in the land of Tob; and worthless men banded together with Jephthah and went out raiding with him.
4 It came to pass after a time that the people of Ammon made war against Israel.
5 And so it was, when the people of Ammon made war against Israel, that the elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob.
6 Then they said to Jephthah, “Come and be our commander, that we may fight against the people of Ammon.”
7 So Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, “Did you not hate me, and expel me from my father’s house? Why have you come to me now when you are in distress?”
8 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, “That is why we have turned again to you now, that you may go with us and fight against the people of Ammon, and be our head over all the inhabitants of Gilead.”
9 So Jephthah said to the elders of Gilead, “If you take me back home to fight against the people of Ammon, and the LORD delivers them to me, shall I be your head?”
10 And the elders of Gilead said to Jephthah, “The LORD will be a witness between us, if we do not do according to your words.”
Then they said to Jephthah, “Come and be our commander, that we may fight against the people of Ammon” (Judges 11:6)
Jephthah was a victim of circumstances. Of course, he was an illegitimate son of Gilead. His brothers had rejected him because of this singular reason. They sent him away because he was the son of a prostitute. Was that his making or fault? Did they know that there could only be accidental parents, but not accidental child? Every child coming into this world comes with a seal of God’s purpose for his/her life, since everyone comes from the all-knowing, all-seeing God who knows the end from the beginning (Amos 3:6; cf. Jer. 1:5).
Jephthah lived as an outcast with a band of worthless rebels following him in time of imminent danger. The time came when he would be needed. It is as if God was preserving him for that time. God so projected this rejected ‘bastard’, as they initially considered him, that all eyes were on him as the only one who possessed the qualities necessary for their deliverance from their oppressors. He became the stone the builders once rejected but was becoming the corner stone of the building. God so honoured him, giving him a say (vv. 7-8) that he chose to follow them based on his own this rejected eyes terms: ‘If you take me back home to fight against the people of Ammon, and the Lord delivers them to me, shall I be your head?’ (v. 9), and the elders consented (v. 10). God made him relevant at his allotted time (cf. Eccl.3:11).
The desire to belong to a particular social group drives people to do the ridiculous. Social needs are real: to belong, to feel needed, to feel significant, and to feel one is contributing. Satisfy your social needs in real ways that won’t jeopardise your relationship with God. Whenever you feel discouraged, look up to the One who made you a pecullar person, and has great plan for your life (cf. Jer. 29:11). He will make you great in His own way.
- Lord, heal me of every hurt of the past; help me to forgive my offenders.
- I shall get to the peak of God’s purpose and programme for my life, home, ministry and endeavours, in Jesus’ name.
- Lord, help Your church to purposefully embrace the rejected and outcast in our communities.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Psalms 141:2 – 145:20; 1 Corinthians 16:1 – 16:22
Author: C.A.C WORLDWIDE