Have you ever heard of a man named Othniel? Probably not. He was the younger brother of Caleb. When Israel went into the Promised Land they were victorious through the courageous efforts of Joshua and Caleb. As this generation got older a new generation began to emerge. Israel once again fell into sin by worshipping idols. The anger of the Lord burned against Israel and He allowed them once again to be enslaved by their enemies. However, the people once again cried out to the Lord and God heard them.
Whenever God’s people cry out to the Lord He hears them. When they are truly repentant, he responds. He responds by raising up those who He has prepared for such a time. Every soldier looks forward to the day he can use the training he has received. God had been preparing a younger brother for such a time as this. He had the same Spirit as his older brother, Caleb.
“The Spirit of the Lord came upon him, so that he became Israel’s judge and went to war. The Lord gave Cushan-Rishathaim, King of Aram into the hands of Othniel, who overpowered him. So the land had peace for forty years, until Othniel son of Kenaz died” (Judges 3:10,11).
Friend, has God been preparing you for a time when you will be called upon to deliver God’s people? There are millions of men and women enslaved to the God of mammon and idolatry in the workplace. Has He placed you there to be a deliverer? Pray that you will have the same Spirit as Joshua, Caleb, and Othniel.