Judges 3:31 – “After him came Shamgar the son of Anath, who struck down six hundred Philistines with an oxgoad; and he also saved Israel.” NASU
Some years back I asked a group of young people what they could tell me about Shamgar and not one of them had a clue about him or that he was a person referenced in the Bible. I read them this passage and then explained to them that an ‘ox goad’ according to what I understand from Middle-Eastern farming is a pointed 7’ long stick used for pushing cattle around. Pretty impressive that with a ‘cattle prod’ this man slew 600 Philistine Warriors!
We do not know much about Shamgar and he could possibly be the same person as referenced in the Samuel as being one of the Three, a distinct group of warriors of King David known as ‘Shammah, son of Agee.’ Many Bible scholars believe they are that they are one and the same, but since we do not have clear information on that I won’t make that leap but leave it as a somewhat obscure man who in the strength of the Spirit of God rose up and resisted an enemy invasion. The last portion of the verse says, “…he also saved Israel.” That is the important part. He did what he had to do in the face of overwhelming odds to save his people.
Sometimes, the Bible makes it clear, you just have to ‘get your fight on’ and stand. Oh, I’m not trying to make this physical because most of the time that would not be appropriate but in the spiritual, we must Do Battle and we need to realize that the weapons of our warfare and Mighty through God able to pull down strongholds of the enemy.
Yet, no weapon is of any value without the individual to use the weapon. It doesn’t matter how formidable the weaponry is unless there is someone to use it, it is nothing more than just another lifeless and inanimate implement. It requires a person! That is what Shamgar provided when God stirred his heart to stand. He provided the person and God provided the strength and ability. He took what he had and defended his land and his nation against the enemy. So in the spiritual, if the enemy comes in like a flood then we need to anticipate that the Spirit of God is going to use us to stand against him. He will take what we have and make us able to use it effectively.
When the enemy attacks remember that the Whole Armor of God has no ‘backplate’ to cover the rear when running away. All the armament is for the front as we are advancing toward the enemy not running in a frightened retreat. Of course, the enemy can be frightening, after all, he is a supernatural being but we are Mighty Through God! We are More Than Conquerors through Jesus! We do not have to cower in fear we are victors in Christ!
So, as you face the enemies and obstacles of this day go in the strength and power of the Spirit of God. If all you have is your ‘ox goad’ take it and Stand! God will give you the strength to overcome!
Blessings as you go through your day!