Fulfilling the Call of God

and the Spirit of the Lord began to stir him while he was in Mahaneh Dan, between Zorah and Eshtaol. (Judges 13:25)

The verse presented above points out Samson, the twelfth and last judge in the book of Judges. He was born of a barren woman impressing that his birth is one of those many evidences of God's miracles and acts of faithfulness.

Samson's life is not the perfect example of obedient living. He may be a man of great physical strength, but he had expose weaknesses in various aspects of his life that lead to his downfall.

Amidst all that, it was the God's Spirit who pushed him in doing what God had called him to do.

In the beginning of Chapter 14, Samson demanded to marry an unbeliever which is prohibited for the Israelites.

His parents did not know that this was from the Lord , who was seeking an occasion to confront the Philistines; for at that time they were ruling over Israel. (Judges 14:4)

One event of Samson's exposure of weakness was when he fell in love with Delilah whom his enemies used to lure him to spill out the secret behind his great strength. Through this, the Philistines were able to seize him, gouged out his eyes and took him to Gaza.

But the hair on his head began to grow again after it had been shaved. (Judges 16:22)

The growth of Samson's hair may indicate not only the retrieval of his power, but also a renewal of his faith to God.

Then Samson prayed to the Lord , “Sovereign Lord , remember me. Please, God, strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” (Judges 16:28)

Like Samson, we all have our own exposures of our weaknesses and disobedience to the Lord. But, this does not mean that God won't be able to use us for His glory. May His Spirit stir us up to fulfill the calling that God had set before us.

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