“Where are you from?”

We often ask that question when we want to get to know someone better. But the answer is complicated for many of us. We sometimes don’t want to share the details of our past. Take Jephthah, (in the book of Judges) for example, he may not want to answer that question at all. His half-brother chased him from Gilead, his hometown. “You are the son of another woman,” they declared (Judges 11:2).  The scripture says, “His mother was a prostitute”.

 

Jephthah was a natural leader, and the people who sent him away suddenly wanted him back when a hostile tribe picked a fight with them. “Be our commander,” they said (v6). Jephthah asked, “Didn’t you hate me and drive me from my Father’s house?” 

“They assured him that things would be different and he went with them. Then the spirit of the Lord came on Jephthah (v29). He led them, through faith, to a great victory”.

 

God often chooses the most unlikely people to do His work. We know that “man looks on the outside, but God looks at the heart.” It does not matter your background or where you came from. God wants to do great things through you! Don't be afraid of your past. It is through those challenges that a warrior is created. What matters is our response to His love.  

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