Daily Devotion for August 14, 2019
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.
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For Each New Morning
For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food,
For love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends.
I thank thee.
Prayer of Thanks for Patience in My Tasks
Lord, I thank you for teaching me how to live in the present moment. In this way I enjoy each simple task as I do it without thinking that I must hurry on to the next thing. I do what I am doing with all my ability and all my concentration. My mind is no longer divided, and life is more peaceful. Thank you for teaching me how to do this, and please help me how to show others the way to learn to trust you more completely and to do everything which has to be done at your time and your speed.
For Those in Pain
Holy Lord God, bless and uphold all who are sick and suffering this day. Console them with your Holy Spirit, and if it is your will, bring their suffering to a quick conclusion. In Christ’s name I pray,
“If you try to obey Christ without loving Him, it becomes a duty and a chore.”
Eternal God, heavenly Father, you have graciously accepted me as a living member of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ, and you have blessed me with the grace of forgiveness through the sacrifice He made for me and for all people. Send me now into the world in peace, and grant me strength and courage to love and serve you with gladness and singleness of heart; through Christ our Lord.
Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.
“The preaching of Christ is the whip that flogs the devil. The preaching of Christ is the thunderbolt, the sound of which makes all hell shake.”
~ Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Judges 14:1-7 (ESV)
Samson  — Samson and the Lion
amson went down to Timnah, and at Timnah he saw one of the daughters of the Philistines. Then he came up and told his father and mother, “I saw one of the daughters of the Philistines at Timnah. Now get her for me as my wife.” But his father and mother said to him, “Is there not a woman among the daughters of your relatives, or among all our people, that you must go to take a wife from the uncircumcised Philistines?” But Samson said to his father, “Get her for me, for she is right in my eyes.”
His father and mother did not know that it was from the Lord, for he was seeking an opportunity against the Philistines. At that time the Philistines ruled over Israel.
Then Samson went down with his father and mother to Timnah, and they came to the vineyards of Timnah. And behold, a young lion came toward him roaring. Then the Spirit of the Lord rushed upon him, and although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces as one tears a young goat. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done.
Then he went down and talked with the woman, and she was right in Samson's eyes.
Notes on the Scripture
The story jumps from Samson’s birth to find him a young man, ready to take a wife. We are to assume that his mother obeyed the angel in Judges 13; she drank no wine and ate no unclean food while she was pregnant, and has not allowed Samson to do so. Even more important to Samson’s story, his hair has never been cut.
The angel had told Samson’s mother that he would lead Israel in defeating the Philistines, who had conquered Israel forty years prior; however, the angel did not mention Samson’s most famous attribute: his enormous physical strength. Here we see it demonstrated. Samson tears an attacking lion apart with his bare hands.
In addition to simply demonstrating his strength, Samson’s killing of the lion has several implications. First, the lion was the apex predator in Canaan, the “king of beasts”; Samson’s killing one barehanded foreshadows his single-handed destruction of the Philistines. As he is mightier than the mightiest beast, he will prove to be mightier than the greatest king.
Second, the dead lion sets up the story we will read next, including Samson and the bees and Samson’s riddle. We will also find out why Samson has demanded that his father get him a Philistine woman to wed.