THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH Judges 11:5-7 (NIV)
by: Nita Kay Freeman
“The elders of Gilead went to get Jephthah from the land of Tob. ’Come’, they said, ‘be our commander, so we can fight the Ammonites.’ Jephthah said to them, ‘Didn’t you hate me and drive me from my father’s house? Why come to me now, when you’re in trouble?”
Well Jephthah went from zero to hero really quickly! From being kicked out of his father’s house by his family who should’ve loved him most, to now being asked to be the “head” of the Gileads. Here’s how I believe Jephthah may have gone about becoming a hero after judgement and rejection.
H — He HEEDED — not to the Gileads but to GOD. In vs. 11, he prayed and he PAID ATTENTION to what God told him. He knew the only way he could be heroic, was to heed to the calling of God!
E — He turned his EMOTION into a DEVOTION. He didn’t try and pay back the Gileads for their rejection. Instead, he followed the calling of God and led them into battle.
R — His REJECTION made him stronger. As Shawn said in the message, your attitude is 10% what happens and 90% how we handle it. Jephthah allowed his rejection to benefit him instead of destroy him.
O — He OVERCAME his hurt and defeat and led his people!
God used this son of a prostitute who was rejected by his own family to show us that we can turn our REJECTION into PERFECTION!