Judges 16:20, “Then she called, “Samson, the Philistines are upon you!” He awoke from his sleep and thought, “I’ll go out as before and shake myself free.” But he did not know that the Lord had left him.” The phrase, “He did not know that the Lord had left him” is so challenging and convicting. Literally it was what Samson didn’t know that destroyed his life. Samson had walked in victory because the Lord had been with him. His hair was only a symbol of the real source of power, God. Once Samson’s hair was gone so was his power. How did it happen? It happened without him knowing it. He played with sin, slept with sin, and finally trusted in sin. Delilah represents sin. Samson hung around her, slept with her, and trusted her. It was in his slumber that his hair was removed. Then when he finally awoke from his slumber, he is captured because he was defeated in his sleep. Too many believers are playing with sin, sleeping with sin, and trusting in sin. We have fallen asleep to the things of God and like Samson we will awake to the reality that it was while we were sleeping that we were defeated. Wake up and live for God!
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1 Kings 19:11-13, “The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” God invites Elijah to experience his presence. Then some amazing things happen. There was a powerful wind that tore the mountains apart, an earthquake, and a fire. Those were three amazing things to experience, but the most amazing thing was that God wasn’t in any of them. After the fire came the gentle whisper of God’s voice to Elijah. We expect to find God in the big things, but are we listening for God in the small things. Maybe we are missing God because we expect Him to impress us with His power instead of comforting us with His presence. Are you listening for the Whisper of God in the small things?
Judges 7:2, “The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her.” How often does our pride get in the way of how God wants to work in our lives? Could God do more in your life, if you weren’t so prideful? God won’t work in your life in a way that hurts you spiritually. If He knows that something will increase your pride, he will move in a way that will keep you humble. I was complaining several weeks ago about some stuff and God said, “D, I could do more but you would try to take the glory for it.” I repented of my attitude. I have been praying that no matter what God does in my life that He would get all the glory.