Othniel

John Koedyker

READ : Judges 3:7-11

The Spirit of the Lord was upon him, and he judged Israel. (v. 10)

Othniel was the first judge. The best thing Othniel had going for him was that he was
Caleb’s nephew (v. 9). Caleb was a great man of God and a man of faith. Along with Joshua,
Caleb was one of the spies who had gone into Canaan and who argued that the Israelites
could defeat the Canaanites (see Num. 14:6-9).

You know you’re an ordinary person when your biggest claim to fame is that you have a
famous relative. But as we often find throughout the Bible, God likes to use ordinary
people to get his tasks done. Othniel would not have been much on his own. But as we read
in verse 10, the Spirit of the Lord came upon him. That was the secret of Othniel’s
strength.

I once saw this equation somewhere. One ordinary person + God = extraordinary results.
That is true in the case of Othniel and is true today too. Luther had it right when he
wrote:

Did we in our own strength confide,

our striving would be losing,

were not the right man on our side,

the man of God’s own choosing.

He was talking about Jesus. He’s the one who makes it possible for us ordinary people
to win the battle.

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for using ordinary people like us to do extraordinary tasks.

Amen.