S (Scripture): Judges 13
1 The Israelites again did evil in the Lord’s sight, so the Lord handed them over to the Philistines for forty years.
2 There was a man named Manoah from Zorah, from the Danite tribe. His wife was infertile and childless. 3 The Lord’s angelic messenger appeared to the woman and said to her, “You are infertile and childless, but you will conceive and have a son. 4 Now be careful! Do not drink wine or beer, and do not eat any food that will make you ritually unclean. 5 Look, you will conceive and have a son. You must never cut his hair, for the child will be dedicated to God from birth. He will begin to deliver Israel from the power of the Philistines.”
24 Manoah’s wife gave birth to a son and named him Samson. The child grew and the Lord empowered him. 25 The Lord’s spirit began to control him in Mahaneh Dan between Zorah and Eshtaol.
O (Observation): Israel goes back and forth between doing good and doing evil in the sight of the Lord. This is part of how they operated for hundreds of years after the Exodus.
Today is an example of God intervening for God’s people, regardless of their strength or devotion to the Lord. The Lord always remembers the promise that He made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Like a parent to a wayward child, God’s love is shown here.
And who will help rescue them? Not their great army, but God will rescue them, through Samson.
A (Application): Sometimes, we just can’t find the strength or the will power to go on. And in those times, we rely on the Lord.
As I look back at my life, I see many people who rescued me from pain, from suffering, from my own stupidity. These people came to me in the form of my parents, my wife, all of my family, my friends, my church family…
I can feel inundated with work or family issues. I can feel like I don’t have enough time in the day for things to get done, or not enough money to make certain things happen.
So many times, I wonder: “How am I going to make it?”
And I try to think about texts like today’s. God’s people were up to no good, but God chose to rescue them anyway. Maybe I can see it around me. Maybe I’m blind to God’s hand. Either way, I know God’s got me.
And finally, I can be at peace.
P (Prayer): Lord, rescue us again from our own faults. Amen.