Today’s Reading: Judges 13:1-14:20
Samson means “Sunshine.” In the darkest days of his nation’s history, sunshine came into the world. Samson was born at a special time in Israel’s history. 7 times this nation had rebelled into apostasy and this time it is the Philistines which God used to punish and oppress Israel for 40 years. Plus they were their worst enemy yet.
Well, Samson had been given great strength of the Lord. On one occasion, he slew 1,000 Philistines with just the jawbone of a donkey (15:14). On another, he lifted the gates of the city up a hill on his shoulders(16:2). Then there was the time he was confronted by a wild lion, and destroyed it with his bare hands (14:5-6).
So what did Samson look like? Like a superhero, Schwarzenegger, world’s strongest man? No. Probably just average. How do we know? Because Delilah asked him the secret of his strength. It wasn’t obvious, it was a supernatural strength because in each case the ‘Spirit of the Lord came upon him’.
Samson wasn’t a strong man in his own abilities, but by the Spirit of the Lord coming upon Him. Psalm 28:7-8 says ‘The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts. The Lord is the strength of his people, He is the saving refuge of his anointed.’ Ephesians 6:10 ‘.be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.’ Philippians 4:13 ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.’
Are there situations in your life which seem too big for you to handle. Remember God’s words to Zachariah ‘It is not by your might, or by your power, but by my Spirit says the Lord’ (4:6). Samson wasn’t a strong man, but the Spirit of the Lord gave him the ability to be strong. Whatever God is calling you to today – He will give you the ability to accomplish it and accomplish it well!