How to Make the Best Out of
a Bad Situation
Judges 11:1-7 GNV
1 Jephthah, a brave soldier from Gilead, was the son of a prostitute. His father Gilead
2 had other sons by his wife, and when they grew up, they forced Jephthah to leave home. They told him, “You will not inherit anything from our father; you are the son of another woman.”
3 Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob. There he attracted a group of worthless men, and they went around with him.
4 It was some time later that the Ammonites went to war against Israel.
5 When this happened, the leaders of Gilead went to bring Jephthah back from the land of Tob.
6 They told him, “Come and lead us, so that we can fight the Ammonites.”
7 But Jephthah answered, “You hated me so much that you forced me to leave my father’s house. Why come to me now that you’re in trouble?”
Hebrews 11:32 GNV
Should I go on? There isn’t enough time for me to speak of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets. The beauty of the Christian faith is the darker life gets; the brighter Christ becomes. Jephthah is a product of his father’s passion and his mother’s profession.
I. Don’t take responsibility over that which you have no control. Some kids are born into the world; some are damned into the world.
II. Remember that strength comes from within.
Samuel 30:1-6 KJV – 1 And it came to pass, when David and his men were come to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the south, and Ziklag, and smitten Ziklag, and burned it with fire; 2 And had taken the women captives, that were therein: they slew not any, either great or small, but carried them away, and went on their way. 3 So David and his men came to the city, and, behold, it was burned with fire; and their wives, and their sons, and their daughters, were taken captives. 4 Then David and the people that were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. 5 And David’s two wives were taken captives, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. 6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.
Psalm 42:5 GNV – Why am I so sad? Why am I so troubled? I will put my hope in God, and once again I will praise him, my savior and my God. Sometimes you can’t be what God wants you to be with the same family and friends. Sometimes elevation comes after separation.
III. You must have a dream you are
• Live in the past
• Complain in the present
• Have no plans for the future
• Learn from the past
• Live in the present
• Anticipate the future
Your history is not your destiny.