“After Ehud came Shamgar son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad. He too saved Israel.” (Judges 3:31)
Prayer Reflections for April 14
Who lives, who dies, who tells yourstory.
This is a quote from the play “Hamilton.” The cast singing this makes one thing clear: you have no control over how your story is told after you die.
You don’t get to explain why you were the way you were or the reasons for your decisions. Unfortunately, it will all be left to someone else.
Have you ever heard of Shamgar? Yeah, I hadn’t either. He’s mentioned only once in the Bible, in the book of Judges.
After the Israelites get to the Promised Land and Joshua dies, there is no one left to succeed Joshua. This forces the Israelites to depend on God. And reading the first few chapters of Judges, the author makes it obvious that the Israelites don’t do this well.
Yet God continues to hear their cries after they mess up each time, and sends in a leader (or a judge) to help the Israelite people.
Almost every chapter of Judges speaks of a different leader and what they did. Some leaders get long details about what they did, while others, like poor Shamgar, get only two sentences.
If it wasn’t for these two sentences, we wouldn’t even know that Shamgar existed.
But he most certainly did exist, and more than that, he is a huge part of God’s story.
Shamgar’s legacy is defined in only two sentences. Yet if it wasn’t for Shamgar, there wouldn’t have been room for Deborah, who was next in the Book of Judges.
One day, all of the daily parts of life that seem huge now will no longer be remembered. They won’t stay with us forever.
All that will be left is the legacy that is part of God’s story.
1. If someone was to examine your life right now, how would they define your spiritual life in two sentences?
2. If this is something that needs to be changed, what steps can you take to change your spiritual legacy?
April 14 Prayer
Dear God, One day no one will remember the small parts of my daily life that seem to weigh me down right now. Life is but a vapor and all that will be left is what part I had in Your story. Lord, I am here with an open mind and an open heart, ready to put down the trivial parts of my life I hold so close to me and replace them with the greater picture of Your Kingdom Come. Amen.
Jessie Synan is a Ph.D. student in Bible Exposition who helps other women find their prayer focus in a distracting world. She went from her ADHD interfering with her prayer life to finding her own unique rhythms for prayer and encouraging other women to do the same. She is the founder of Pray With Confidence, which has helped over 10,000 women focus on prayer through the real and vulnerable advice she gives to those on her email list when they sign up for the free guide “How to pray [when you can’t focus.]”
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