And from their cities at that time the children of Benjamin numbered twenty-six thousand men who drew the sword, besides the inhabitants of Gibeah, who numbered seven hundred select men. Among all this people were seven hundred select men who were left-handed; every one could sling a stone at a hair’s breadth and not miss.
In this passage of scripture, the original Hebrew text suggests that these left-handed men were lame in their right hand. Most theologians agree that the majority of the seven hundred men were casualties of war who suffered damage to their right hand and learned to use their left hand to compensate for their deficit. Literally their past performance created a deficit in their lives, but God took what they did have and excelled it.
You may be in a place were your performance of yesterday has caused a deficit in your life today. It could be a poor credit score through financial irresponsibility, a broken marriage through infidelity, wayward children through neglect or abuse, or even a broken body through substance abuse. Whatever the circumstances you find yourself in today, know that God wants to excel you to greatness in the midst of it.
Some deficits seem so insurmountable that you may feel like you can never fully recover. The reality of the facts often speaks so loud to you that they condition you not to expect better. Literally, the pain of regret can consume you to the point where it diminishes your capacity to dream. That is dangerous! The danger of not being able to dream is simply this, if you can’t see a better tomorrow today, you will never have one. You have to be able to see a better you.
Well I am here to tell you that you will reign in your pain. The thing that is holding you back may be the very thing that God uses to position you for greatness. So change your perception of your deficit. See it as your point of contact for the power of God to be perfected in your life. (2 Corinthians 12:9)
God knew that you would have these deficits at this point in your life and He has made provisions for you to excel in spite of them. You were designed to overcome. So set your eyes on your destiny, not your history. Here are a few steps that will help you overcome deficits in your life:
Embrace the pain of you deficit.
Know that if God allowed it, you can handle it (1 Corinthians 10:13). To embrace the pain means to acknowledge the emotions you feel. They are a part of you, but they are not the sum total of who you are. Once you acknowledge and accept the emotions and their cause, you become empowered to change them. At the very least you will have power over them and not them over you. The feelings will no longer stop you from moving past the pain and into something productive.
Identify the cause of your deficit.
You should examine exactly where you went wrong. Was it a lack of information? Was it your child rearing? What is generational? Extract every bit of information from it. Let this experience be your teacher. The one true tragedy of any mistake is not learning from it. You should walk away from your examinations with some “Never again” statements that will guide your future decisions and behavior.
Activate the grace of God to become.
The Apostle Paul said “I am what I am by the grace of God…” (1 Corinthians 15:10) In order for you to become what you are to become you need grace! We have access to His grace by faith. This is what separates us from the world, having a loving relationship with a God who will empower us to overcome by faith. No matter how high the deck is stacked against you, God can level the playing field through His grace. Acknowledging Him is the first step to activating His grace. (Proverb 3:5-6)
Paul’s focus was on the many revelations from God and not the thorn in his flesh. As a result he wrote two thirds of the New Testament. So it is with you. When you begin to focus on and develop the gifts and talents that God has given you, you will find a passion for life that will help you move past your deficit. It will create new experiences for you and re-enforce the vision of a better you. Eventually you will be like the 700 left handed men from the tribe of Benjamin, you too will never miss your target!
I’m Andrew Freed and you are an Overcomer in Christ.