Mixed bag

Re:Verse reading–Judges 11:1-6, 28-40 (day seven)

“Jephthah was a valiant warrior, but he was the son of a harlot.”–v 1

He was a mixed bag.  Who isn’t?  Mighty warrior.  Strong and courageous.  Part of his drive, I suspect, came from his early childhood trauma.  Rejected by his family, he worked the rest of his life for achievement and approval.

Sometimes unconscious and unhealed wounds make a person unstable.  One day, in a very unwise moment, Jephthah foolishly risked his family in pursuit of the success he so desperately craved.  He vowed to sacrifice whatever or whoever came out of his tent on his victorious return.  What was he thinking?

We are all mixed bags.  Spiritual and fleshly.  Healed and still healing.  Wounded warriors. “Who will set me free from the body of this death?” said Paul one day in the midst of his own mixed-bagness.  “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord”–Romans 7:24-25.

I’m a mixed bag.  Christ isn’t.  Reminds me to always walk in His Spirit.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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