Synopsis from part of the story of Samson
(Judges chapter 15):
Samson was extremely upset that his father-in-law married his wife to his best man, so he took vengeance on the Philistines.
The Philistines asked why the attack occurred and the response was “because [Samson’s] father-in-law from Timnah gave [his] wife to be married to his best man. So [in response, in vengeance] the Philistines went and got the woman and her father and burned them to death” (Judges 15:6). Once Samson found out his wife and father-in-la were dead he vowed not to rest until he took revenge” (Judges 15:7). “So he attacked the Philistines with great fury and killed many of them. Then he went to live in a cave in the rock of Etam” (Judges 15:8). The Philistines retailed by setting up camp and attacking Judah (Judges 15:9-10), where Samson lived. The people of Judah did not want trouble from the Philistines so they gave Samson over to them (Judges 15: 10-13). Once handed over to the Philistines the Spirit of The Lord, came heavily upon him, and he killed 1,000 Philistines with a single donkey jawbone ( Judges 15: 14-17). Samson boasted in his victory but soon after acknowledge The Lord for the win. Subsequently, Samson cried out to The Lord for help for he felt like he was going to die from thirst (Judges 15:8). The Lord heard his cry and caused water to gush out of a hollow, and Samson named that place “The Spring of the One Who Cried Out” (Judges 15:19).
My notes from Judges chapter 15:
- Revenge will get you in trouble.
Samson was lead into battles and suffered great loss due to revenge
- Getting revenge will cause you to lose what you wanted and more, indefinitely.
Samson loss he wife, his father-in-law, and was removed from the town he
- The Spirit of The Lord will help you get out of trouble (that you even got yourself in).
The Spirit of The Lord helped Samson defeat the Philistines when he was
turned over to them.
- Make sure you boast in The Lord when He brings you out of trouble.
Samson boasted in his victory but was quickly led to acknowledge The Lord.
- In God’s grace and mercy, after the battle, He will revive you and provide a Spring from an uncommon place when you magnify Him and call on Him for help.
The Lord heard Samson’s cry and miraculously provided for him out of an
uncommon place to meet his need.
- Be careful and mindful not to seek revenge.
Word of The Lord:
Vengeance is mine says The Lord. If Samson would have let me fight his battle and lead him on how to handle the situation there would have been a different outcome. But in my sovereignty, and grace, I kept, provided, and strengthened him. My people need to be mindful not to move ahead of Me or in anger.
My people need to wait on Me, and My vengeance. I am a protector of My sheep.
Lord, I thank you that you are our protector and that you will never leave us nor forsake us. Thank you that you are with us in the storm and that you don’t miss a thing. Lord, I thank you that the battle is not ours but Yours and that you will vindicate and restore us as you see fit. Thank you for your grace and mercy. And I pray that you help us to respond like you in all situations. Be our banner, and fight for us. Thank you that you said you would.
We are putting our trust in You. In Jesus name. Amen.
The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still, (quiet, calm, at peace).
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in
the earth. Psalm 46:10
With lots of love,
Jesus loves you, and is ready to fight for you.
Keep your peace and hold on. You’ve got this.
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.