I love this daily devotional reading from The Word for Today
|“I die of thirst.”
Judges 15:18 NKJV
|The Bible says: “The Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him; and…his bonds broke loose…He found a fresh jawbone…took it, and killed a thousand men…Then he…cried out to the Lord and said, ‘You have given this great deliverance…now shall I die of thirst?'” (Judg 15:14-18 NKJV). Notice three things in this story:
(1) Samson allowed the enemy to bind him. What has you tied up today? What’s holding you back? Counsellors, programmes and self-help manuals are good, but it took God’s Spirit to set Samson free. And that’s what it’s going to take to set you free too. Come on, you’ve talked your problems to death; even your friends don’t want to hear about them anymore. The time for advice is over – it’s time to cry out to God, to allow His Spirit that can break every habit to set you free (See Isa 10:27). (2) Samson needed to see what had already been given to him. Just the jawbone of a donkey, but with God’s help it was enough to win the day. Ask God to show you what you’ve got, put it to work and He’ll give you success. Stop looking in faraway places; the answer’s right under your nose. Recognise what God’s given you and use it. (3) Samson was celebrating victory, yet dying of thirst. It happens, particularly to those who work for God but don’t spend enough time with Him. Paul warns, “Lest Satan should take advantage of us” (2 Cor 2:11 NKJV). When you give out but don’t take in, Satan gets the advantage and you end up in Delilah’s lap. So spend more time with God. The One who gives you victory can also quench your thirst.