The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength


Last week’s reading from Judges told about Samson’s very special birth and calling on his life. Though God calls each of us before we are born, there are only a few persons in the Bible where one’s birth is spoken about in some detail. Samson is one of them, and of course, so is Jesus.

Samson was given a very special gift of strength to win victories over the wicked Philistines. While he was physically stronger than any other person, he had one big weakness. He craved and lusted after foreign women, such as today’s story about the mean and crafty Delilah. The story is so intriguing to read that a famous movie was made out of it in 1949 entitled, “Samson and Delilah.”

Verse 20 made me very thoughtful. “He did not know that the Lord had left him.” How sad! He needed to have stayed close to another Bible verse that I love: “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Nehemiah 8:10).

Touch here for today’s reading – Judges 16

Tuesdays are dedicated to the Writings in the Hebrew Scriptures, those books with the exception of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible)
the Prophets and the Psalms.
In the season of Advent to Epiphany this year, we read Judges and Proverbs, 4 to 6

This is a sample of a new version of The Bible Through the Seasons as a daily family devotion.  An ebook is planned. I’ll keep you posted! –Pastor Nick

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