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Date: March 30

Category: Hard Work and Diligence

Judges 12:3
"And when I saw that you would not rescue me, I put my life in my hands and crossed over against the Ammonites, and the Lord delivered them into my hand, Why then have you come up to me this day to fight against me?"

Slobodan & Ljiljana KrstevskiThis is the story of Jephthah, a judge in Israel. At the time, the enemy was attacking the Israelites and Jephthah got a call from God to go and deliver his people. God didn't call the tribe of Ephraim because they initially didn't want to go. But when Jephthah gained victory, the men of Ephraim asked Jephthah why he didn't summon them to cross over and help him (see verse 1 of this chapter).

Then in verse 2 the Bible says, "And Jephthah said to them, I and my people were in a severe conflict with the Ammonites, and I when I called you, you did not rescue me from their hands." So when Jephthah needed help, the men of Ephraim weren't there to help him. So Jephthah said in verse 3a, "And when I saw that you would not rescue me, I put my life in my hands and crossed over against the Ammonites, and the Lord delivered them into my hand…" We can learn something very important from this story of Jephthah.

Sometimes you and I will call upon people to help us in our time of need. They might be Christians or non-Christians. They might be family or friends. But there will be some people who won't help us. That's why it's important to always rely upon God. People will fail us but God will never let us down. It's also important to not just wait on people, but to do what we need to do to gain victory ourselves. When we do that, God will help us and give us victory in the same way He did for Jephthah.

So when you need help, don't just wait for other people to help you. Do everything that you can do to get yourself out of that situation. In this case, Jephthah put his life in his own hands and crossed over to fight. When he did that, the Lord delivered the enemy into his hands.

It's interesting to notice how this verse is written. First Jephthah said, "I put my life in my hands," meaning he took his hands and did everything he could to rescue Israel. Then he says, "and the Lord delivered them [the enemy] into my hand." So it took Jephthah's effort that he had to put forth for God to bring him victory.

Many people want success in their lives, but all they're doing is waiting for others to help them. That's not going to happen because that's not what happened to Jephthah. He didn't wait. He went ahead and did all that was in his power to succeed and because of that effort, God allowed him to be successful. So if we want to succeed, then we have to do what is required of us. That is going forth and putting our hands to work and not just waiting for others to do it for us. God cannot give us victory if we don't fight. God cannot help us advance forward if we don't move.

Some people think that they'll gain everything out of nothing, and so they don't give their best effort, whether it is in their work, their studies, their relationships, etc. There's no way that can happen. If we don't plant seeds, meaning put forth an effort, then we won't reap anything.

Those people who just wait to gain everything out of nothing usually end up gaining nothing out of everything. In other words, no matter what they do, they still get nothing out of it. God does not reward a lazy person. God does not reward someone who slacks off or only gives a partial effort. You have to put your best effort in everything you do. When you do that, then you can expect God to give you success.

Actually, when people see that you are determined, then often God will bring people into your life that will help you progress forward, whether it is teachers, co-workers, employers, neighbors, etc. But your progression is not determined by who helps you. It is determined by how hard you're willing to work.

Most people think about themselves first. Everyone has his own goal and his own agenda. People aren't always going to help you when you call upon them. Some will, but not everyone and not all the time. So you have to learn to do things for yourself and God will help you.

Where you are in your life does not depend on others and it doesn't depend only on God. As you can see through this example of Jephthah, the activity of God in your life depends on your activity as well. When you decide to work, God decides to bless your effort. So if you don't like where you are, then do something about it. Put your life into your own hands, like Jephthah did, and cross over to fight. When you do, God will bring you victory.

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