A Strange Story
The story of Jephthah, the ninth judge of Israel is a sad story. Jephthah was the son of Gilead and a harlot. When Gilead’s wife had sons, they eventually drove Jephthah out from their father’s house and out of their territory.
When they had need, for Jephthah was a great warrior, they pleaded with him to come back and fight their enemies and they would make him there leader. He did. Jephthah vanquished the enemies of the Gileadites. It seems like a great story, doesn’t it?
The problem was that Jephthah vowed before God that if he was granted victory, he would offer the first thing out of his house as a burnt offering. The first thing out of his house turned out to be is only child, his daughter.
Have you ever made a promise to God if He would help you in a trying situation? I think we all have. We forget that God loves us and wants what is best for us. We don’t need to make vows to God to obtain His Grace. Typically, we break the vow anyway, which makes us worse off spiritually than we were before. By the way, Jephthah did sacrifice his daughter.
What lengths will you go to for God’s Grace?