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Samson – Day 15

Judges 15:14-15

As he approached Lehi, the Philistines came toward him shouting. The Spirit of The Lord came powerfully upon him. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands. Finding a fresh jawbone of a donkey, he grabbed it and struck down a thousand men.

The Thought

We read yesterday that the Israelite leaders went and bound Samson with new ropes and led him our from where he was hiding, and accompanied him towards the Philistine people. Somehow news reached the Philippians, the enemy of Israel and they came out rejoicing that they were going to have the victory in this on-going battle.

But no! The shouting of the enemy aroused the Spirit of The Lord, as much as it must have done Samson. The result was that a thousand Philistine men lost their lives.

We can imagine that the Israelites were almost as afraid as the Philistines when this strong man broke the ropes and began to brandish the jawbone that he found. We read that it was a fresh jawbone of a donkey, which just happened to be in the right place at the right time! Do you suppose that God arranged the donkey’s death, and orchestrated the whole affair?

So often what we think of as coincidence is actually The Lord preparing things in advance for us. Hundreds of years after Samson, Paul wrote We are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God has prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10).


Think today about some of the life-changing events that you have experienced throughout your life. Did any of them seem like coincidences?

Read Ephesians 2 today. Be encouraged that you are God’s handiwork. Pray that you will recognise the good works, which God has prepared in advance for you to do.

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