January 11th, 2013 | By admin
by Paul Holland
A certain holy courage and a confidence of faith are necessary for a great victory in spiritual matters. When the going gets tough, the tough get going (sometimes even alone). Let’s see how this principle is revealed in the life of Ehud – Judges 3.12-30.
ISRAEL IS PUT TO THE TEST:
God commanded Israel should destroy, wipe out the unbelievers in Palestine (Deuteronomy 20.17-18). However, the people grew tired of fighting and they left the pagans in the land. They sank into slavery for eighteen years (3.12-14).
In order to punish the people of Israel, God strengthened their enemy (3.12). God wanted to discipline Israel and Moab (Eglon) was the means of disciplining them
When you are put to the test, what do you do? God puts us to the test for the same reason – to see if we will obey Him or not – if we love Him supremely or not. Does it depend on the number of “Christians” who stand with you? Do you stand in the right path – regardless of the number? We see a man in our story who confronted sin and he said: “Not me, not here, not now.” Ehud stood shoulder to shoulder with God – even alone – and he won
GOD CAN CONQUER ENEMIES THROUGH ONE INDIVIDUAL:
Ehud rises to save the Israelites (3.15-16). Ehud was a left-handed man. Ehud used his “talent” for the glory of God. He went to pay Eglon tribute. The Bible says that Eglon was “a very fat man” (3.17). Could Ehud beat Eglon in hand-to-hand combat? Perhaps not.
Eglon stood up in order to hear the message of God and Ehud gave it to him. Eglon did not expect that message! But he stood up and Ehud drew his sword from his left side and implanted it into Eglon’s stomach!
When you confront temptation, what do you do? After you conquer temptation, do you turn and strengthen the brethren? After you become a Christian, do you go to war shoulder to shoulder with your brethren? After you reach the “pinnacle” of a spiritual experience, do you do what Ehud did?
Ehud turned and inspired the Israelites (3.27-29). Ehud returned, not to the inheritance of the seed of Benjamin, but to the inheritance of the seed of Ephraim and he blew the trumpet. The children of Israel descended with him from the mountain and made him their leader (verse 27).
This is the attitude of a “conqueror”. When the children of God have need of a leader, he accepts the challenge. The children of the Lord served for eighteen years in slavery and during that time they cast off the yoke of the Moabites. When the going gets tough, the tough get going (even alone).
What does God have in view for you? What will you do? Even if you are alone? When God puts His people to the test, those who are bold and faithful get going.