March 30 – Set Apart and Blessed

During this time in history, the Israelites wavered continually concerning their faithfulness to the Lord.  Once more, after doing evil in the eyes of the Lord, they were delivered into the hands of their enemies, the Philistines; at this point for a period of forty years.  Then someone who looked like an angel delivered life-changing news to a childless couple.  The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the LORD blessed him, and the Spirit of the LORD began to stir within him…

Even those who may not know much about the Bible have probably heard of Samson, a man made supernaturally strong by God.  Before birth Samson was set apart with a purpose from God: to begin to rescue the Israelites from the hands of their enemies.  He may not have always made the best choices when it came to women, but when he lived according to his purpose, he did great things.

Five chapters of God’s Story are reserved for telling Samson’s movie-worthy story.  Not everyone who is born has a starring role in the big Story, but each of us can be faithful with what God has called us to do.  It is good for us to give some thought as to how God has created and gifted us individually, and how living out our calling can make a difference.   Samson’s uneven faithfulness in life was meaningful, but his wholehearted devotion at his death ended up being more effective than all he had done to that point.

The sooner we use our uniqueness to honor the Lord with our lives, living on purpose for Him, the better.  But even if we have been uneven up to now, there is still time to trust Him.

Judges 13:24-25a NIV