Jephthah (Judges Chapter 11), was a mighty man of valor who grew up in a polygamous setting in Gilead. At a time in his life, he was due for his inheritance from his father, but, his step-brothers denied him of it, because his mother was a harlot. He later fled for his life, and lived in a place called Tob, where he met some gangsters, and raided with them.
Before long, his people were attacked by the Amorites, and their existence became threatened. It was at this point the elders of his clan went looking for him, because he was the only person who could save them. Of course, he agreed to help them, but, on the condition that they made him their overall head. He later made a vow to God in exchange for His help.
We can deduce a couple of points from the account above. They include:
1. Your personal or family history may sometimes work against you
Jephthah was not in any way responsible for his mother’s wayward life, but, her sordid history later worked against him. For that reason, he was denied his inheritance, and he had to flee to a strange land where he hobnobbed with some low lives.
Like Jephthah, there are many people out there who are haunted day after day because of their personal or family history. Usually, they are hated in their communities, and wherever their names are mentioned, people stir up hostility against them. They may even be assaulted or killed if care is not taken.
Are you currently going through the type of scenario described above? If you are, then I have good news for you! And that is, Jesus is prepared to give you a new name (Revelation 2:17) that will wipe away your sordid past, and give you a new lease of life. He did so for Paul, Matthew (Matthew 9:9), Zaccheaus (Luke 19:1-10), and a host of others in the past. He will do so for you too. Amen.
2. Attention shall be drawn to you one day, and you shall regain your position and voice
At a time, Jephthah lost his inheritance, position, and voice among his people, and became a refugee/criminal in a foreign land. But at the right time, attention was drawn to him, and he regained all he lost previously.
Have you been cheated and sidelined by some people lately, and have you incurred demonstrable losses as a result? If you have, then cheer up, because God is set to restore your losses back to you (Joel 2:25), and all the people deriding you, and making your life difficult today, shall have no other choice than to pay attention to you in some way. They will also make peace with you, whether they like it or not (Proverbs 16:7).
3. A vow to God may be necessary for Him to help you
Jephthah made a vow to God to offer Him whatever came out of his house to meet him first, in exchange for His help to win the battle against the Amorites. Never mind that it was his daughter who came out to meet him first, and he offered her to God.
Sometimes you may have to make a vow to God for Him to help you. For instance, Hannah (1 Samuel 1:1-19) did, and God ended her long spell of barrenness. Loads of people in the bible and in this age, also vowed to God at one time or the other, and He helped them.
Do you want God to help you in certain area of your life? Have done all you possibly can to help yourself to no avail? If you have, then perhaps you need to make a vow to Him without delay. Please note that your vow does not have to involve human lives. It may be to serve God more, love Him more, worship Him more, pay your tithes and offering as a matter of priority, assist the needy and the poor, join the choir in your local church, win more souls for Christ, etc. But, you must be prepared to pay your vow in full as and when due (Ecclesiastes 5:4), as failure to do this, may be construed as a sin against God (Deuteronomy 23:21).
4. You are a part of God’s plan
Even though Jephthah had very painful experiences in life, he was all the while in God’s plan, which included freeing his people from the grip of the Amorites, their tormentors, and making him the undisputed head of his clan. And at the right time, God transformed him into a brand new person; incredibly powerful, and well suited for winning wars.
You are also in God’s plan, which is aimed at making you successful in life (Jeremiah 29:11). He will re-write your history, and obliterate your ugly/painful past if you allow Him, and at the end of the day, you will be celebrated, and not tolerated, in Jesus name. Amen.
5. Victory is bound to come your way sooner or later
Jephthah led the battle against the Amorites. He knew he couldn’t win it on his own therefore, he trusted God to help him out. In the same vein, you must trust Him to help you win your battles as well. You must accept that your battles are strictly not yours, but, the Lord’s (2 Chronicles 20:15), and that you can do very little about them on your own (John 15:5).
Please be reminded that victory may sometimes not come as quickly as you thought originally. In fact, it may take some frustratingly long time to come, and at a cost to you. That is where patience comes in! You must be prepared to give God sufficient space and time to sort you out, while you keep on trusting Him for victory, and you can be sure you will not be put to shame in the end (Romans 10:11), in Jesus name. Amen.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Dr Stoney is the author of About God! Undeniable Facts & Testimonies