Judges 15:16-19 – Where God Guides, He Provides
16 And Samson said, With the jawbone of an ass, heaps upon heaps, with the jaw of an ass have I slain a thousand men.
17 And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking, that he cast away the jawbone out of his hand, and called that place Ramathlehi.
18 And he was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, Thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant: and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?
19 But God clave an hollow place that was in the jaw, and there came water thereout; and when he had drunk, his spirit came again, and he revived: wherefore he called the name thereof Enhakkore, which is in Lehi unto this day.
Samson now shows off his impressive strength. After the Philistines has his wife marry another man (to the person who would have been like his ‘best man’), and then murdered her and her family because of Samson’s retaliation, Samson starts getting back at them. He grabs the jaw bone of a donkey (as a side note, there he goes touching a part of a dead animal body) and kills 1,000 men with it! However, Samson was pretty tired after his fight and he needed water. He acknowledged that God had lead him to that point and did not understand why he would die of thirst now. God, however miraculously made water come out of the donkey’s jaw bone and he drank all that he needed.
For us, this narrative has an important principle. Although Samson was not actively following God, God had lead him to that point and to that battle to kill those Philistines. Afterwards, Samson had a need that he needed fulfilled, and God took care of it! Wherever God leads us, or whatever he leads us to do, He will provide. As the old saying goes “Where God guides, He provides.” What is it that God wants you to do? It does not matter how big or how small it is, God will provide. Do not worry about whether you can or cannot do something. If God leads you there, take the opportunity!
Life Step: Think about it…
What kind of things has God lead you to do?
What kind of things has God equipped you to do?
One thought on “Week 10 of Judges – Where God Guides, He Provides”
It’s funny how God was watching over Samson even when he was intentionally disobeying God. But that’s just who God is. No matter what we do, He can’t love us any less. Even when we sin, He’s watching over us. That’s amazing! So if God loves us that much, wouldn’t we want to do what God tells us? Sometimes we think we can’t do things because we’re not popular, we don’t have a lot of money, or we don’t have the right talents, etc. But if God wants us to do something, He’ll make sure we have what we need to get the task done. What happens most of the time is that we don’t trust God that He will provide for us. But if we can’t trust God who can we trust? Maybe it’s hard to trust in something you can’t see, but that’s kind of what trust is right?