5/1/21

"And the woman bare a son, and called him Samson: and the child grew, and the LORD blessed him.
And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol." (Judges 13:24-25)
Samson is remembered for being the strongest man in the Bible. He exhibited tremendous feats of physical strength!
"Samson" means "sunlight, or sunny". God wanted to shine in Samson's life, and intended for him to be a beacon in this dark and gloomy world!
Samson's strength came from God's Spirit that lived in him. "And the Spirit of the LORD began to move him at times in the camp of Dan..." (v. 25)
Notice:
1) Samson met a lion, which attacked him. "And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him, and he rent him..." (Judges 14:6) Samson tore the lion apart with his bare hands!
2) Samson killed a thousand Philistine soldiers with a jawbone of a donkey as a weapon! "...and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him,..." (Judges 14:14)
3) Samson performed other great feats of physical strength and endurance by the might of God's Spirit!
God strengthens all of His children, and blesses them with what they need to fulfil His plan for their life. With Samson, it was a physical strength like no one else. With you, it may be the gift of "gab". With another, it may be administrative skills. Or, people skills.
But never forget, the source of your particular strength is the presence of God in your heart. If you ignore him, or grieve him with sin, then your strength begins to diminish.
Samson's trouble came when he had grieved the Spirit of God to the point that He departed from him. Samson became as weak as any other man. Saddest of all, Samson didn't even recognize that God's Spirit had departed from him. "...And he wist not that the LORD was departed from him." (Judges 16:21)
Samson was captured by the Philistines. They took his sight from him, and made him grind their grain in prison.
Dear child of God, your strength is from the Lord! Never take Him for granted! Do not grieve Him with presumptuous sin! Lest you become Satan's captive. He will blind you, and make you grind for him in his prison.
From my heart to your heart.