Finally, a Left-handed Hero

I have spent my entire life afflicted by something I had not chosen but learned to live with. I am left-handed. You might not think it is much of an affliction until you pick up a pair of scissors or sit down at someone’s computer and have to use their right handed mouse. We need special baseball gloves and special equipment for many jobs. Everything is set up for a right hander. Yes, we left-handed people are afflicted and rarely do we find a hero whose special ability is being left handed. So let me cheer and shout for our hero, Ehud.The story of Lefty Ehud is found in the Book of Judge chapter 3. His portion of the scripture starts like so many other passages of the Bible “Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and because they did this evil the LORD gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel.” Now, our left handed hero, Ehud, was the chosen hero of God for the Jews. Being left-handed, Ehud had a tactical advantage. He wielded a sword with his left hand and kept it strapped to his right side. His job was to get close to the king and assassinate him. For a right hander this would be difficult because the guards searched the left side of those coming into to the King’s presence. They assumed all men were right-handed. You know what they say about assuming. Ehud was able to get close to the King and lure him into a private meeting while having his sword strapped to the right leg. There is another interesting fact in this story. King Eglon was a large, large, very large man. He wasn’t exactly a nimble character. The Book of Judges records it this way, “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. Even the handle sank in after the blade.” It took several hours for Eglon’s guards to find him. By then, Ehud had gotten home and led the Jews in a fight against the disoriented troops of Eglon.In life, God gives us certain afflictions but at times those afflictions become our super, secret weapon. What things in your life make you feel afflicted? Use those to glorify God today. Think outside the box. Preferably on the left side of the box.

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