March 25 – Judges 15:14-20


March 25 – Judges 15:14-20

14 When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting to meet him. Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and the ropes that were on his arms became as flax that has caught fire, and his bonds melted off his hands. 15 And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put out his hand and took it, and with it he struck 1,000 men. 16 And Samson said,

“With the jawbone of a donkey
    heaps upon heaps,
with the jawbone of a donkey
    have I struck down a thousand men.”

17 As soon as he had finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone out of his hand. And that place was called Ramath-lehi

18 And he was very thirsty, and he called upon the Lord and said, “You have granted this great salvation by the hand of your servant, and shall I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?” 19 And God split open the hollow place that is at Lehi, and water came out from it. And when he drank, his spirit returned, and he revived. Therefore the name of it was called En-hakkore; it is at Lehi to this day. 20 And he judged Israel in the days of the Philistines twenty years.

We see in these verses that things don’t happen the way we would expect.

How have God’s ways been contrary to what you expected in your life?

Samson experienced the Spirit of God come up on him in an unexpected way.  God performed miracles using Samson, but he never received worship from Samson in response. 

Have you ever been guilty of not thanking God for things He has done for you?  Are you more likely to thank Him when He does what you want rather than use you in a way you weren’t expecting?

How can you praise Him today and thank Him for using You at all, as it is a privilege to be used by our Creator in any way at all?

Heavenly Father, You are so amazing and I know I deserve nothing at all from You.  I am so blessed that You give me gifts that can be used to honor You.  I so want to use those gifts for Your glory and not my own.  Help me see all the many ways You take care of me and grow me.  I want to be found faithful to You and You alone.  You created me and gave me everything I have, as well as a plan and a purpose to be used for Your glory.  Help my eyes be opened to how I can be a part of Your glorious plan.

In Jesus’ name.



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