God puts everything in the Bible for a reason. Sometimes we understand those reasons and sometimes we do not.
In Judges 3:12-31, we hear the stories of Ehud and Shamgar.
Judges 3:15 tells us what appears to be just a fun fact about Ehud, that he was left-handed. Are you left-handed or do you know anyone left-handed?
There are six of us in our family and my son Ezekiel is the only one who is left-handed. He doesn’t really do anything differently because he prefers to write, throw a ball, or play guitar with his left-hand, but sometimes it’s fun to be a little bit different than everyone else around you.
Sometimes it’s not so fun to be a little different from everyone else around you. People who study the Bible tell us that when the Bible says Ehud is left-handed, it could also mean that he only has his left hand. He may have had a special handicap or lost his right hand in a battle or some other way.
Being differently abled can be cool, you might have cool equipment or special privileges, or get to work with a special doctor or therapist, but it can also be hard and even painful at times. You might feel left out or left behind. You might think that those difference make you stand out at those times you’d rather just be like everyone else.
God hears our prayers and sees our struggle when we are sad, lonely, or frustrated.
God helps us grow in our own abilities, in our own way, in His time. He values different and differently abled, way more than the people around us might. In His perfect love, He does wonderful things with whatever abilities and disabilities we have.
He still calls Ehud and us…
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No matter our abilities, no matter our contributions, no matter our challenges, no matter our significance (i.e. no matter how much recognition we get), God sees mighty in us because of Jesus.
One day God will restore all our parts to work perfectly, whether it’s our physical bodies that need healing, or our hearts, or our minds, or all of the above. That gives us lots of awesome hope.
God also introduces us to Shamgar in Judges 3:12-31. He only gets a single verse, which might seem like a disability too. Maybe he wasn’t all that special, but he was special to God. God had a plan for Him in the whole big picture of sending mighty people to save His people. (Shamgar does get a bonus mention in Judges 5:6.)
Isaiah 53:2 tells us Jesus didn’t have anything special to attract people to Him either, but boy, did He change the world?! Jesus is our mighty Savior who has mighty plans for you too.
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