Monday, September 24, 2018

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2018 September 24

“And Samson said unto the lad that held him by the hand, Suffer me that I may feel the pillars whereupon the house standeth, that I may lean upon them. Now the house was full of men and women; and all the lords of the Philistines were there; and there were upon the roof about three thousand men and women, that beheld while Samson made sport. And Samson called unto the LORD, and said, O Lord GOD, remember me, I pray thee, and strengthen me, I pray thee, only this once, O God, that I may be at once avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes. And Samson took hold of the two middle pillars upon which the house stood, and on which it was borne up, of the one with his right hand, and of the other with his left. And Samson said, Let me die with the Philistines. And he bowed himself with all his might; and the house fell upon the lords, and upon all the people that were therein. So the dead which he slew at his death were more than they which he slew in his life. Then his brethren and all the house of his father came down, and took him, and brought him up, and buried him between Zorah and Eshtaol in the buryingplace of Manoah his father. And he judged Israel twenty years” (Judges 16:26-31)

Today’s Morsel:  The life of Samson had such an evil ending when it could have had a good one.  What lessons can we learn from Samson?  Here are a few things that I see.
1.      When God chose you, don’t keep playing with the world.
2.     Don’t ever tell where your strength lies.
3.     Don’t give your strength to women, as Solomon’s mother told Him (see Proverbs 31:3).
4.    Don’t think that physical strength will save you.
5.     Satan’s goal is to destroy everyone that God chooses and uses against his kingdom.
6.    When you lose your sight, you’ve lost your vision of what you were chosen to do.
7.     Know the lap before you lay your head in it.

Sing:  He leadeth me!  He leadeth me!  By His own hand He leadeth me.  His faithful follower I will be, for by His hand He leadeth me.

Thought For Today:  Wisdom is known of her children.

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