Saturday, September 1, 2018

Daily Devotion: Ordinary People ~ Othniel

Bible Reading: Judges 3:1-11

Key Verse: Verse 10 - “And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel, and went out to war: and the LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim king of Mesopotamia into his hand; and his hand prevailed against Chushanrishathaim.

Key Words: And the spirit of the Lord came upon him

If you were asked who the first judge of Israel was before you read Judges 3, would you have known?

Othniel was the son of Kenaz who was the younger brother of Caleb, thus making Caleb “Uncle Caleb” to Othniel. But Othniel was just an ordinary person that God used in an extraordinary way to deliver Israel from the oppression of the king of Mesopotamia. For forty years Israel lived in peace under the leadership of Othniel.

The key to his extraordinary leadership was that the Spirit of the Lord came upon him.

You as well can accomplish extraordinary things for God if you will submit yourself to the Spirit of God.

In a seminary missions class, Herbert Jackson told how, as a new missionary, he was assigned a car that would not start without a push. After pondering his problem, he devised a plan. He went to the school near his home, got permission to take some children out of class, and had them push his car off. As he made his rounds, he would either park on a hill or leave the engine running. He used this ingenious procedure for two years.

Ill health forced the Jackson family to leave, and a new missionary came to that station. When Jackson proudly began to explain his arrangement for getting the car started, the new man began looking under the hood. Before the explanation was complete, the new missionary interrupted, "Why, Dr. Jackson, I believe the only trouble is this loose cable." He gave the cable a twist, stepped into the car, pushed the switch, and to Jackson's astonishment, the engine roared to life. For two years needless trouble had become routine. The power was there all the time. Only a loose connection kept Jackson from putting that power to work.

So it is in our lives…ordinary people can accomplish extraordinary things, but only as their spiritual life is connected to the Spirit.

What to do:
✞ Don’t be ordinary, be extraordinary…not by your own strength, but by the Spirit of the Lord.

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