Look to those on the left

Do you remember Ehud, the left-handed Benjaminite* assassin of Judges 3, who was sent by God to deliver the Israelites from Moabite oppression?

Again the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and he gave them a deliverer – Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. The Israelites sent him with tribute to Eglon king of Moab. Now Ehud had made a double-edged sword about a cubit long, which he strapped to his right thigh under his clothing. (Judges 3:15-16)

There is a Holy Spirit urgency for you to look out for those who are on your left-hand side – those people who are, in a sense, the left-handed ones of the church.

Ask the Lord to guide and direct you in this; allow the Holy Spirit to lead you into places of better connection with those who might normally be a little out of sight or in the shadow – ‘to your left’. There are those who feel that the sun is setting on them and need you to bring a light and encouragement to them. There are those who are struggling to walk in their true authority and identity in Christ and need you to take their hand and help set them on an even keel. Therefore, as you walk forward in your authority, do not neglect or despise those who are at your left hand, nor leave behind those who positioned to your ‘west’.

Look after them and they will support you. These people have a God-given purpose. Expect that some who are on your left may have been sent by God to help you break through. To help you break through, for example, into greater freedom, just like Ehud, the left-handed assassin, did for the Israelites.

Deuteronomy 33:12
Of Benjamin he [Moses] said: The beloved of the Lord shall dwell in safety by Him; He covers him all the day long, and makes His dwelling between his shoulders.

*(In fact, the tribe of Benjamin, who were named after the “son of my [Jacob’s] right hand” seem to be the only left-handed people mentioned in the Bible – their warriors were skilled in left-hand slingshot combat (Judges 20:16; see also 1 Chronicles 12:22))

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