The Spirit Is A Stirrer!
Loving Lord, You are my strength and my shield. May my heart trust You and rejoice in You today.
Read JUDGES 14:1-20
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
The same Spirit that was over the waters at creation continues to stir and create according to God’s Word today.
The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit produces order out of chaos. The wisdom that the Spirit gives is peaceable. Where the Spirit is at work in a fellowship, its life will run more smoothly. But there’s another aspect of the Spirit’s work in the Bible. The Spirit is unpredictable and untamable, like the wind. Our order might not be God’s order and might need to be shaken apart.
Samson’s life was full of the latter work of the Spirit, with little of the former. He is wild and tempestuous, at once engaging and maddening. If there’s a scrape to get into, he’ll get into it. He can control himself, but his self-discipline is not the same as inaction.
Notice the last verse of the previous chapter; the Spirit stirs Samson. In today’s chapter, Samson stirs up the hornets’ nest that is Philistine society. He gets it all wrong, falling for a Philistine woman; he is all passion and power rather than calm consideration of consequences. But this is what the Spirit uses as he comes upon him with power in v. 19 and stirs him against the men of Ashkelon.
Do you see what the Spirit is accomplishing here? The Israelites had grown accustomed to doing what the Philistines wanted. They should never have been like that: they normalized life under the wrong regime. So God began to deliver the Israelites through one man whom his Spirit stirred and who was not afraid to confront the Philistines. We have too many “mice” and too few “men”, too much fear and too little courage, too much compliance and not enough God-inspired boat-rocking. God has not given us a spirit of timidity but of power (2 Tim. 1:7).
God has not given us a spirit of timidity but of power (2 Tim. 1:7). Why do you think this is, and for what purpose, especially in your life?
Lord, forgive me when I want everything to be safe for me more than I want everything to glorify You. Fill me afresh with a spirit of power.
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