Jephthah was from a very broken home. He was neglected as a child, lived in shame most of his life, and he never really worked any of that out. In a time of need, he was the one the people would call on but they didn’t think about his past, his flaws, and his potential to do great harm. He eventually did.
Jephthah did unspeakable things. The failure on the people’s part, though, was to fully trust a man with such a rough past and not put any other counsel in place. Proverbs tells us that there is much to be gained in a multitude of counsel. (Pro 11). It tells us that we should seek out the advice of many and not just follow our own desires. Jephthah did the latter and so many suffered because of it.
Who is your wise counsel? Who do you listen to? Are there many voices speaking into your life?