Shamgar

John Koedyker

READ : Judges 3:31

After him was Shamgar the son of Anath, who killed 600 of the Philistines with an oxgoad.

As contemporary Christians, we find the violence of the book of Judges disturbing. But
we can see that what made the judges successful was their courage to do battle with
evil.

A recent movie, Valkyrie, depicts the true story of a plot during World War II to
assassinate Adolf Hitler. Although Colonel von Stauffenberg and his associates were
unsuccessful, they all believed that Hitler was so evil that he had to be eliminated, that
his murder would save the lives of thousands in the concentration camps. Who can argue
with that?

The striking thing about Shamgar is the crude instrument he used in battle—an
oxgoad. An oxgoad was a pole about eight feet long. It had a sharp metal point on one end
for prodding the oxen and a spade on the other end for scraping dirt off the plow.
Obviously, it was the closest thing he could find to a spear.

People tend to want the newest and the best methods and equipment. But even an oxgoad,
dedicated to God, can be used. David had only a slingshot and five stones. Dorcas had only
a needle and thread (see Acts 9:39). Whatever you have, place it in God’s hands. Then see
what he does!

PRAYER

Lord, please use my limited resources to accomplish your will. Amen.