Judges 3:16 — God’s Left-Handed Right-Hand Man
Ehud made himself a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his right thigh under his cloak.
In Judges 3 we find a man who was a left-hander or a south-paw. By all intents and purposes, he was at a disadvantage in his culture. We learn a valuable lesson from this lefty in the Bible. God can use anything to accomplish His purposes, including our weaknesses and handicaps. 1 Corinthians 1:27 says, “but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,”. God can use you despite your weaknesses. You may not possess extraordinary intelligence. You may have great physical strength. You may not own a great deal of wealth. You may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but God can use you if you make yourself available to Him. Ehud made himself available to God, and God used Him to deliver Israel from oppression. Ehud became God’s left-handed right-hand man. Make yourself and your weaknesses available to God.
Your weaknesses are no excuse not to serve the Lord. The only thing that made Ehud special was that God used Him because Ehud’s greatest ability was availability. God does not choose us because we are something special or can do something special. If that were the case, then none of us would even merit salvation. God chooses to use us because of our weaknesses. 2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “And He has said to me, My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.” When you do not serve God because of your weakness, you are not allowing God’s grace to work fully in your life. Do not worry about what you can or cannot do. Do what you do well to the best of your ability. In what you cannot do well, trust that God will bring about the results that glorify Him.
What are your thoughts on this verse?
What reasons have you given for not serving the Lord?
Have you seen God use you in a unique way because of some limitation in your life?
What can you do to take a stand for God in the face of great obstacles?