In May 2005, Andrew Golota fought Lamon Brewster for the World Boxing Organization heavyweight boxing title. Golota was taller and the more accomplished boxer. In preparation, Brewster studied video of Golota’s boxing, looking for a weakness. He discovered Golota was open to attacks from the left. Brewster easily won the fight because he knew his opponent’s weakness.
Like Golota, Samson had a weakness.
So he told her everything. “No razor has ever been used on my head,” he said, “because I have been a Nazirite dedicated to God from my mother’s womb. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as any other man” (Judges 16:17).
After Samson revealed his weakness to Delilah, she sold the information to his enemy, and disaster followed.
Like Delilah, Satan looks to use temptation to create disaster. But you don’t have to suffer a fate like Samson’s. Pray for deliverance from the evil one (Matthew 6:13), pick friends carefully, and share sensitive information carefully.
Prayer Suggestion: Ask God to help you avoid temptation.
Quicklook: Judges 16:15–19
“You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines”(Judges 13:5).
The angel of the Lord spoke those words to Samson’s mother before she became pregnant. They gave some specific directions for Samson’s life, and they showed that God had a purpose and a plan for Samson even before he was conceived. God created Samson, and He created you too.
Just as God had a purpose and a plan for Samson, He has a purpose and a plan for you. And you can be sure that the plan has been in place for a long time. He is not making it up on the fly.
If you think that your life has strayed from God’s plan, take time to seek guidance and direction from Him. He wants you to be on course, and He wants you to finish well.
Thought for Today: God’s plan is always good.Quicklook: Judges 13:1–5
Joan’s phone rang. “Oh, no,” she said to her husband, “it’s Felicia again.” Felicia called Joan at least three times a week asking for money, for a ride, or for free babysitting. Other times, Joan wouldn’t hear from her for months until she needed something again.
Israel’s relationship with God throughout the Book of Judges seems much like that. When life went well, the Israelites lived however they wanted. When life went poorly, they turned to God for help. They wanted the benefits of being His people without the requirements of obedience to Him and relationship with Him.
But the Israelites said to the Lord, “We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now” (Judges 10:15).
When His people repented of their sins, God’s heart would be moved and He would rescue them. God loves His people and doesn’t want to see them in distress. Repentance and prayer touch the heart of God and motivate Him to move on behalf of His children.
Prayer Suggestion: Ask God to forgive you of any sin and commit to deepening your relationship with Him.
Quicklook: Judges 10:11–16
After a movie ends, several minutes of film time remain when those who care can see a scrolling list of all the people involved in the making of the film. It isn’t the most entertaining, and most people don’t stay and watch it. But it is vital for the movie to give credit to those who made it possible.
The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me’” (Judges 7:2).
God was concerned that the credit for the victory go to the right place. He didn’t want Israel to think it had done this. He wanted His people to know that the victory was His.
When God does something significant in your life, He wants the credit. When good things happen to you, when prayers are answered, or when difficulties are suddenly overcome, how do you respond?
God deserves the credit for all the good things He does in your life. Victory only comes through His power.
Prayer Suggestion: Thank God for His victories in your life.
Quicklook: Judges 7:1–8
Many times, problems in life seem to be too big to handle. Whether it is family problems, financial difficulties, legal issues, or health concerns, the mountain ahead seems greater than your ability to conquer.
When these larger-than-life circumstances are turned over to God, He will provide a solution.
The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” (Judges 6:14).
When Gideon questioned his ability to complete the job, the Lord replied, “I will be with you” (verse 16).
When God commands you to do something difficult you can trust Him to be with you. And, you can know that, no matter how grim things appear, He has a plan and He has things under control. Your role is simply to trust Him and to follow whatever He directions He gives you.
Thought for Today: When God commands, He also empowers.
Quicklook: Judges 6:11–16