Left handed


Tuesday Reflection


19th January 2021

ambidextrous ability

9 Each time he said,
 "My grace is all you need.
  My power works best in weakness."
  So now I am glad to boast
  about my weaknesses,
  so that the power of Christ
  can work through me.

.... 2 Corinthians 12:9

I'm captivated by an ancient group
of archers from the tribe
known as the Benjamites.

Their ambidextrous ability to shoot
arrows and sling stones sounds like
it's straight out of
a Lord of the rings or
Superman film

2 All of them were expert archers,
  and they could shoot arrows
  or sling stones with their
  left hand as well as their right.
  They were all relatives of Saul
  from the tribe of Benjamin.

.... 1 Chronicles 12:2

It's safe to assume
that the Benjamites were not born this way,
because only 1% of the population
is born ambidextrous.

In other words,
this was not an innate talent;
it was a hard-earned skill set.

There are several famous Benjamites
in the Bible, King Saul
and the Apostle Paul among them;
then there was Esther's
cousin Mordecai,
who helped foil Hamon's
plot to wipe out the Jewish people.

So, the tribe of Benjamin
had its fair share of heroes,
but their ancestral hero
is a judge called Ehud.

Years before the Benjamites
were known for their
ambidextrous qualities,
Ehud delivered Israel -
with his left hand.
In Judges 3:15 we read:

15 But when the people of Israel
  cried out to the Lord for help,
  the Lord again raised up
  a rescuer to save them.
  His name was Ehud son of Gera,
  a left-handed man
  of the tribe of Benjamin.'

Ehud is one of the most
significant southpaws,
or left-handers, in the Bible.
So, what does this have to do with
the ambidextrous Benjamites?

Ehud's left-handed victory
became the Benjamites signature story,
buried deep within the tribe's
collective consciousness.

It was their rallying cry,
like 'All for one, and one for all!'
Cultivating weak-handed skills
was their unique way of
honouring Ehud.

Being ambidextrous was a way of
acknowledging and honouring
their ancestor, the judge who
delivered Israel with his left hand.

Most of us tend to ignore our
non-dominant hands.
Why bother when using our
strong hand is so much easier,
so much better?

We let our weak hands atrophy.
But how we handle our weak hands
affects more than our present tasks;
it affects the next generation.
Ehud didn't just deliver
the Israelites from the Maobites;
he inspired generations
of Benjamites.

His bravery wasn't just their
breakthrough; it became
their Inspiration.

God wants us to use our
greatest gifts;
naturally, he is the one who gave us
them in the first place.
But he also wants to use us at
our point of greatest weakness.

Because that is where his power
is made perfect;
as 2 Corinthians 12:9 says;

9 Each time he said,
 "My grace is all you need.
  My power works best in weakness."
  So now I am glad to boast
  about my weaknesses,
  so that the power of Christ
  can work through me.

When we're feeling
particularly weak and weary,
we sometimes assume God
cannot use us until we're
feeling strong again.

But what if this is the moment of
weakness in which God most wants
to shine his light,
show his power and surround us
with his strength?

The result might affect
generations to come.

29 He gives strength to
   the weary and increases
   the power of the weak.

...Isaiah 40:29

So, if we are feeling weak
and weary today let us turn to
God and ask for his strength
and guidance.

He will not let us down.

It may be interesting to watch,
or just listen to a song
'I am weak but you are strong'
Eastward Missions
via the link shown below.

Be encouraged by the message
of this song!
"I will lift up mine eyes
unto the hills,
from whence cometh my help.
My help cometh from the LORD,
which made heaven and earth." -
Psalms 121:1-2