No matter what you are facing today . . . no matter what obstacle stands in your way . . . I want you to know something: with God on your side, you are always on the winning team!
The Bible is filled with one example after another that exalts this truth for all the world to see. We might immediately think of Moses standing before Pharaoh and how God delivered the children of Israel out of bondage in Egypt. Perhaps the shepherd boy David comes to mind, he who challenged the giant Goliath because every fighting man in Israel was afraid to do it.
Here’s a name that may not be on the tip of your tongue; do you by any chance remember the story of Shamgar?
Shamgar son of Anath . . . struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad. He too saved Israel.
God had delivered the Israelites into the hands of the Philistines, who were greatly oppressing them in every imaginable way, including leaving the Israelites defenseless by taking all of their weapons of war. So, lacking the customary weapons used in battle to defend one’s nation, a farmer named Shamgar was raised up by God. Shamgar plowed his fields with a team of oxen day after day, knowing that when harvest time came, the Philistines would plunder all that he had labored for. And so, with God on his side, armed with only an ox goad (a pointed stick used to “encourage”—or goad—the oxen to continue going in the right direction), Shamgar struck down six hundred Philistines and won the day.
Shamgar understood that with God on your side, you are always on the winning team, regardless of the circumstances you are facing. Imagine this farmer, armed with only a sharp stick, striking down one sword-wielding Philistine after another! When the dust had settled, 600 soldiers lay dead on the ground, and Shamgar went back to his harvest and his God.
What are you dealing with today? What obstacle stands in your way . . . personally . . . professionally . . . relationally? Shamgar could easily have said, “I don’t have the right weapons of war to defend my land” or “There are far too many enemies for me to stand against today!” But he did not! Despite the incredible odds he was facing, he knew that God was with him, and that was all he needed to know.
Do you know this truth today? Remember, whatever you are facing, God is facing it with you. He has promised—and it is impossible for God to lie—that He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 6:18, 13:5). You have everything you need to do everything He has called you to do, and you have today’s promise to encourage, inspire, and motivate you: With God on your side, you are always on the winning team!
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!