Today’s reading: Judges 3
Key Verse: But when the people of Israel cried out to the Lord for help, the Lord again raised up a rescuer to save them. His name was Ehud son of Gera, a left-handed man of the tribe of Benjamin. The Israelites sent Ehud to deliver their tribute money to King Eglon of Moab. – Judges 3:15
Eglon, king of Moab, was allowed to overpower and occupy the Jewish nation for 18 years, as a result of Israel’s evil-doing. Each year he demanded annual tribute; a portion of Israel’s gross national product that left the Israelite famished. Israel again cried out to God, and Ehud became their unlikely deliverer.
Judges 3, is concerned to point out Ehud, son of Gera, was a left-handed man of the tribe of Benjamin. Not only was he from the smallest tribe, but the text literally reads, “he was a man restricted in his right hand.” Consequently, several commentators interpret this as a handicap. They believe his right hand was withered and deformed. Another view is that being left handed in ancient times was deemed peculiar and would mark a man as a non-warrior.
However interpreted, this passage demonstrates each of us have unique capabilities that fit into God’s plan. What others and even we may perceive as a handicap, God can use as a strength. Without Ehud restricted right hand, he would never have been deemed safe to left alone with the king. Without being left-handed, Ehud would not have been able to smuggle his dagger into Eglon’s palace, and guards would found the weapon on his left side.
Sometimes we allow ourselves be defeated by our limitations, by things no more significant than being left-handed. We think we are not good for God to use when often it is because we are weak that God can work through us as we turn things over to Him. Missionary Hudson Taylor stated: “God chose me because I was weak enough.”