July 18, 2017
Read: Judges 16:1-21
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Scripture- Judges 16:17- Finally, Samson shared his secret with her. “My hair has never been cut,” he confessed, “for I was dedicated to God as a Nazirite from birth. If my head were shaved, my strength would leave me, and I would become as weak as anyone else.”
Observations- The only Nazirite vow that Samson had maintained was to not cut his hair. Plagued by an over-sized ego, a huge sexual appetite without proper boundaries, and a desire to pursue life on his own terms, not cutting his hair was the only discipline Samson was able to honor as an offering to God. Now Samson would be plagued by a life filled with the consequences of his selfishness and unwillingness to honor the gifts God had given him.
Application- What a tragic story! Samson had so much going right for him- natural talents, an outgoing and charismatic personality that drew people to him, and gifts from God. He lacked any sense of self-discipline and humility before God that could have helped him honor important commitments in his life. We, like Samson, can benefit greatly from being desperately on our knees before God crying out for the help we need to joyfully live out our most vital commitments.
Prayer- Lord, thank You for Your love, grace, and discipline. Thank You for holding me in love and for holding me accountable for living out Your truth. You have every right to expect a lot from me as Your friend and servant. Allow me to learn from cautionary stories in Your Word like Samson, the gifted Judge who did it his way without much focus on You. I pray for You to help me become the person You know I can be with Your help- all for Jesus' sake. Amen.
"He grants a treasure of common sense to the honest. He is a shield to those who walk with integrity." (Proverbs 2:7),
P. S. - Dover Work Party this Saturday, July 22nd from 9:00am-noon. We’ll have a clean-up day at our new Dover campus, 114076 Methodist Church Rd. (just a few blocks north of MLK Dr. on Moore's Lake Rd.) We'll pressure wash, landscape, clean windows, etc. Food donations for workers are also appreciated! Equipment needs: pressure washers, wheel barrows, rakes, hedge clippers, shovels, brooms, brushes. RSVP to Becky Jordan, .