Did you know that God loves left-handed people? The truth is, God loves everyone equally and infinitely, but makes us all unique in our own way. How? Because God has implanted special giftings into each and every one of us that define not only our personalities and traits, but also our purpose in what God created us to be. Sometimes we ask ourselves questions like: “What is my purpose?” and “What do I have to offer?” What we need to understand is that God makes no two people the same in giftings or in purpose. This means that no one has ever been, or will ever be someone like you in history. Isn’t that exciting! In Judges 3:15-21 we hear about how God uses an unexpected small gift to glorify his name in great ways.
“Again the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and he gave them a deliverer – Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab.”
Now Eglon, the king of Moab, was a ruler who oppressed Israel and caused much suffering for its people. The Lord heard their cries and gave them a hero, “Ehud, a left-handed man.” Why would God emphasize Israel’s hero being left-handed? Sure, few men were left-handed back then, but what was so significant about having this small gift?
“Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a cubit long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing. He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man.”
When presenting the tribute to King Eglon, Ehud was able to keep his sword hidden on his right thigh. The King’s bodyguards would immediately search any person who sought to enter into the king’s presence for any weapons, but since most men were right-handed, they only checked Ehud’s left thigh. This was because If you were right-handed, you would keep your weapon on your left thigh for better access to your weapon. This small gifting that Ehud had, provided an opportunity to meet with King Eglon privately.
“Ehud then approached him while he was sitting alone in the upper room of his palace and said, “I have a message from God for you.” As the king rose from his seat, Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly.”
When we use the gifting that the Lord has given us, whether small or great, for His glory, we are assured victory in whatever we desire to do for Him. The Israelites wouldn’t be free from King Eglon without the Lord’s help in fitting the right gift-bearer with the right purpose. With God, we are able to use our small gifts to complete big purposes. There is a purpose behind every person, trust the one who is in control of it.
What gifts (small or great) do you have? How can you use your giftings to pursue your God-given purpose? Begin writing them down this week and meditate on God’s word. When we pursue God with all our hearts, we find true purpose and fulfillment.