Samson is one of those Old Testament Bible characters that is turned into a kids Sunday school story that becomes known for only a few things. I remember how my son had heard about Samson from church and our family devotions and he would say “I Samson” while flexing his muscles (or even kissing his muscles thanks to the Bible for Kids iPhone app as pictured below, THANKS KIDS BIBLE APP!!!) 😉
Today’s Jumpstart is an amazing picture of that superhuman strength that Samson is known for. After releasing 300 foxes with their tails on fire into the Philistine’s grain fields out of revenge from his wife’s father giving her away to his best man (this sounds like a Jerry Springer scenario), the Philistines are in hot pursuit of Samson for revenge. They first attack the people of Judah, looking for Samson. The people of Judah then look for Samson to deliver him to the Philistines out of fear of what they’ll do next. Samson allows the people of Judah to bind him up and take him to the Philistines. It says in verse 14 that the “Spirit of the Lord” rushed upon Samson when the Philistines came shouting to meet him and Samson ended up killing 1,000 Philistines with nothing but the jawbone of a donkey. In this act he delivered the people of Judah from the Philistines and as verse 20 says, became a judge over Israel for 20 years.
In between this great story of victory and salvation from the Philistines, we see Samson start to doubt God’s deliverance in verse 18 as he’s extremely dehydrated and thirsty with no sight of water around. He asks God why he would use him as a servant in this salvation from the Philistines to just let him die after? God then miraculously provides water for him, reviving him once again. This last section is a great reminder of our forgetfulness and doubts of God’s salvation and deliverance for us. Many times after experiencing salvation we don’t think God will provide in the midst of the our spiritual hunger and thirsts. C.H. Spurgeon preached an entire sermon on this one verse (v. 18) and said:
“Well, then, dear Brother, there is a special reason why God should deliver you because if Satan could overcome you in that peculiar case, he would then say that he could have overcome all the saints if he could have got them into the same corner! And he would loudly boast just as though the whole had perished! But I do not think that your case is so very peculiar—it is only the way in which you look at it. The road to sorrow has been well trodden—it is the regular sheep path to Heaven—and all the flock of God have had to pass along it. So I pray you, cheer up your heart with Samson’s words and rest assured that God will deliver you soon!”
As we can see, we’re not alone in thinking this way as much as we may think that our trials or situations are more unique or worse then others. Many saints have gone before us where God has not only delivered but provided for them in the midst of their trials and He’ll provide for you, even if it’s not in the way you’d prefer. Jesus’ deliverance through the cross and the resurrection was sufficient for our salvation and He’s just as sufficient in our provision.