Scripture Reading: Judges 11:1 – 11, 29, 32
In 1 Samuel 2:8, the Scripture says, “He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the begger from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s and he hath set the world upon them.” Our societies are fraught with all forms of inhuman treatments; such as intimidation, discrimination, rejection, neglect and abandonment. Some communities or families ostracize some members of their families for reasons which in most cases border on wickedness or discrimination. Such persons face hardship, poverty and humiliation. In the eyes of the world, persons in situations such as these are merely living, but have nothing tangible to offer to the world. However, the world forgets that the Creator of this world loves these persons and have His plans for them. For the Scripture says, “The earth is the LORD’S and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell in it.” (Ps. 24:1).
God is capable of raising the downtrodden, a beggar to a leader of his people; for He planted His seed of greatness in the life of everyone and watches it grow to maturity. Jephthah was rejected by his people and denied the inheritance of his father, because his mother was a prostitute. His brothers grew up; ganged up against him and forced him out of his father’s house and inheritance. They said to him, “You will not inherit anything from our father’s property; you are the son of another woman.”(Verse 2). In the midst of this hopelessness, intimidation, rejection and denial, Jephthah attracted some bandits to himself and were moving from place to place; for God planted in him the seed of strength and valour. Verse 1 says, “Jephthah, the Gileadite was a mighty man of valour . . . .” Inside Jephthah, there was the power and ability of a fighter and warrior. God did not abandon or reject him, rather was with him perfecting his abilities and preparing him for his new role among his people. God has something special for every one especially those who believe and depend on Him. As in the case of Jephthah (meaning God opens), God was opening him up for a great event that changed his destiny forever.Beloved, the elders of Israel remembered Jephthah when they suffered defeat and humiliation in the hands of the king of Ammon. Jephthah says to the elders, “You hated me so much that you forced me to leave my father’s house. Why come to me now that you are in trouble? If you take me back to fight the Ammonites and the Lord gives me victory, I will be your ruler.”(Verses 8 – 9). Verse 10 of our reference today says, “We agree, the LORD is our witness.” Beloved in Christ, the Holy Spirit says to us today, “Never underrate any creature of God, becausesuch bears God’s seed of greatness in him.” Second, do not exhibit wickedness on anybody; rather see everyone from the eye of the Lord. Third:never allow yourself to be used as an instrument to dehumanize anyone. Be careful never to join the crowd in taking wicked decisions which are capable of destroying the image or integrity of another person. The Holy Spirit says that all powers belong to God and just as He did to Jephthah, He can change your unpleasant situation to a glorious one. Dear friend, God detests oppression and wickedness. He is a just judge and fights for the downtrodden.
- Thank God in praises and worship for today’s reflection
- Pray that all evil gangs ups against you shall end up to nothing in the name of Jesus
- In the name of Jesus, I decree that all powers of darkness poised to afflict me, crash to pieces in the name of Jesus
- Lord, I humbly ask for the grace to think well, act well and be a source of joy to others in Jesus name
- Pray for all widows and poor persons denied of their possessions by evil and wicked members of their families
- Take seriously the Prayer against the Forces of Darkness between 12midnight and 3am. (Take seriously)
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Memory Verse: 1 Samuel 2:8