What’s in your hand? – Judges 15

“As Samson arrived at Lehi, the Philistines came shouting in triumph. But the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon Samson, and he snapped the ropes on his arms as if they were burnt strands of flax, and they fell from his wrists. Then he found the jawbone of a recently killed donkey. He picked it up and killed 1,000 Philistines with it.” (Judges 15:14-15)

In this chapter, Samson went to go into his wife, but her father wouldn’t let him, for he gave her to his best man. So Samson went and tied 300 foxes together in pairs, lit torches on them and burnt all the Philistines crops etc. When they found out why Samson did this, they killed his wife and her father, which made Samson that much angrier! So he took revenge on them and went on a killing spree. Finally, the men of Judah handed him over to the Philistines, tying him with two new ropes- but when the Philistines came shouting in triumph, the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon him, and he tore the ropes apart, picked up whatever he could find- the jawbone of a donkey- and killed a thousand Philistines!

This is the second time God uses a donkey- but this time only its jaw! When the Lord called Moses to go to Egypt, He asked what was in his hands. It was a staff, with which he used to do mighty miracles at God’s command. Well, when the Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson, all he could find was the jawbone of a donkey, but he killed a thousand men with it! When you are anointed by the Spirit of the Lord, it doesn’t matter what you have- God can use it! So what’s in your hand today? Allow God to use what you have in your life. If you give all you have to Him, He will use you in a mighty way to bring about victory over the enemy! So it doesn’t matter what you have or don’t have, it matters if you have the mighty Holy Spirit in your life- amen.

“Father, I give all I am and all I have to you today. As I surrender all to You, I ask that You use me as Your Spirit fills me with the power to do Your will in this world around me, in Jesus’ name, amen.”

*Ex 4:1-5; Matt 14:15-21