Shamgar: An Israeili Judge

He started where he was. And, according to Deborah, it wasn't a good time to be in Israel: In the days of Shamgar the son of Anath, in the days of Jael, the highways were unoccupied, and the travellers walked through byways. The inhabitants of the villages ceased, they ceased in Israel, until that I Deborah arose, that I arose a mother in Israel. They chose new gods; then was war in the gates: was there a shield or spear seen among forty thousand in Israel? (Judges 5:6-8 KJV)

He used what he had. Judges 3:31 says "And after him was Shamgar the son of Anath, which slew of the Philistines six hundred men with an ox goad: and he also delivered Israel." He didn't wait for an army, a battle nor did he look for a crown. He took the nearby ox goad went to work.

He did what God set him to do. Shamgar is listed among the Judges of Israel. "He also delivered Israel." God honored Shamgar because he was faithful.

Unlike Deborah, Gideon or Samson, Shamgar's story isn't told in Judges. Doesn't matter, does it? Shamgar started where he was, used what he had and did what God set him to do!

Can we do less?

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