Ehud

John Koedyker

READ : Judges 3:12-30

. . . the Lord raised up for them a deliverer, Ehud . . . a left-handed man. (v. 15)

When I was growing up, two of my friends were left-handed pitchers. I remember playing
catch with both of them, marveling at how they could break off a curve ball. When I threw
the ball back to them, I tried to do the same thing but without much success. One of my
friends eventually made it to the Big Leagues, the other came very close.

Finding a good lefty is always a challenge for Major League baseball teams. The reason is that they are so rare. Ehud the southpaw was such a person. Most people in his day, like today, were right-handed. So when the guards searched him, they only checked his left side for a sword or knife. No metal detectors in those days!

Some commentators even believe that the words translated left-handed could mean that Ehud was handicapped in the right hand and thus had use only of his left hand. Even less of a threat. Whatever the case, Ehud used what might have seemed a disadvantage to win a great victory over the Moabites, because he depended upon the Lord.

Never underestimate your value to God. You may have what others consider a disadvantage, but God doesn’t see it that way. He loves left-handers!

PRAYER

Lord, use me just as I am in my own uniqueness. Amen.