God’s Perfect Design

In the third chapter of Judges there is a story that demonstrates how God designs each of us with specific characteristics that He intends to use for His purposes.

Judges 3:15-21 “But when the sons of Israel cried to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for them, Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a left-handed man. And the sons of Israel sent tribute by him to Eglon the king of Moab. Ehud made himself a sword which had two edges, a cubit in length, and he bound it on his right thigh under his cloak. He presented the tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Now Eglon was a very fat man. It came about when he had finished presenting the tribute, that he sent away the people who had carried the tribute. But he himself turned back from the idols which were at Gilgal, and said, “I have a secret message for you, O king.” And he said, “Keep silence.” And all who attended him left him. Ehud came to him while he was sitting alone in his cool roof chamber. And Ehud said, “I have a message from God for you.” And he arose from his seat. Ehud stretched out his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh and thrust it into his belly.”

I have one left-handed son and we had quite a time teaching him to write. He often questioned why he wasn’t right-handed like his six brothers. After we read the passage about how Ehud was able to deliver Israel from the King of Moab because he was left handed, we had a great discussion. My son was encouraged after learning that God has given each of us specific talents and characteristics that He will use for His glory if we will yield to Him. Sometimes the very thing that the world sees as a weakness or disadvantage is what God will use in an amazing way.

Today, offer God all your talents and all your unique features that you may think are nothing special. Wait and see what amazing things God will do!

“Whatever your hands find to do, do with all your strength,” –       Ecclesiastes 9:10(HCSB)

God Invented Zip Lock Bags

When was the last time you used a zip lock bag? Okay, maybe you didn’t use the ZipLoc brand but you probably have a zipper-type plastic storage bag somewhere in your house. The purpose of these bags is to keep things contained. They keep things nice and tidy. When we moved we used some huge 20-gallon size bags that could hold clothes and bedding. Zippered plastic bags are also used by criminal investigators to preserve evidence.

The invention of zip lock bags happened in the 1960s but God actually had the idea way back in the time of Job. Job says in chapter 14:16-17: For now You number my steps, You do not observe my sin.  My transgression is sealed up in a bag, and You wrap up my iniquity.

Job was complaining to God that his sins were being overlooked for now but God was storing them up in bag and could bring them out to use against Job at any time. It was as though God was the investigator gathering evidence to use later.

But we know differently. Picture this: God saves all our sins, the big ones and the tiny ones, He makes no distinction. He collects them in His zip lock bag – he may need a pretty big one – and he sets the collection aside to use as evidence at the day of judgment.

Then Jesus enters the picture. He approaches God the Father and says, “See that bag over there? The one for Sheryl? That bag belongs to me now; I paid the price for her sin.”

God looks at that zip lock bag and says to Jesus, “You take it. The evidence is no longer valid.” Jesus takes the bag containing all my sin and disposes of it. It’s gone forever

I pray that from this day on, every time you see a zip lock bag, you remember that God was keeping your sin to use against you and Jesus stepped in and rescued you from judgment. Hallelujah!

He sent redemption to his people; he has commanded his covenant forever. Holy and awesome is his name!  – Psalm 111:9 (ESV)