Numerous times in the books of Judges, Samuel and Kings we read the phrase, “and the Spirit of the Lord came upon him (e.g. Jud 3:10).” Have you ever noticed that when we read that phrase that shortly after that, the whole set of circumstances turns completely around for the entire nation of Israel? If the Spirit of the Lord came upon one individual under the old covenant and completely intervened for an entire nation, what could happen when, under the new covenant, the Spirit of the Lord endues a body of believers? What will happen when we begin to factor in the Holy Spirit to everything that concerns us, our families, our churches and our nation? What will happen when we make room for Him, time for Him and actually expect Him to show up and do something through us? As a child in Sunday School, I was actually taught as truth that “one shall set a 1,000 to flight and two 10,000.” I was also taught with some degree of vehemence “greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” Numerous times in public places, the Holy Spirit has used us in gifts of power that have demonstrated the love and power of God to individuals. Because we travel the same routes repeatedly, we have seen some of those people again and they remember that time we ministered to them.
In Jud 3:10 the Spirit of the Lord came upon aged Othniel and saved the day for a nation. The equation was NOT: Israel’s oppression + aged Othniel. BUT it was: Israel’s oppression + aged Othniel + the Spirit of the Lord. The Holy Spirit is the key to our authority and His power is our enablement. Barnes says that “the Holy Spirit endued them with extraordinary wisdom, courage and strength.”