Every Good Gift Comes from Above

Judges 16:20

“But he did not know that the LORD had left him.”

Samson fell in love with Delilah, who betrayed him by selling his secret of power to the enemy, and they captured him. He thought he could shake himself free again but didn’t know that his strength had left him (v.19). His hair had no magic power, but was a provision that he must fulfilled to be set apart for the Lord. His power was from the Lord (Judges 14:6, 15:14).

James 1:17 says, “Everything good comes from God. Every perfect gift is from him. These good gifts come down from the Father who made all the lights in the sky. But God never changes like the shadows from those lights. He is always the same.” (ERV) Everything we have is from the Lord, to be used by him through us to bring him honor and glory, but how often do we act like those are our own making? How often do we act like we are so capable of things, that we can rely on ourselves and achieve great things, without giving thanks to or even thinking of the Lord and his calling and purpose in our lives?

Let us stand firm in our faith, give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18), including every strength or power that we have, and seek to honor the King by following his will to do his work on earth, proclaiming His great name. May the Lord lead us to follow him with a sincere, pure heart, and motivations that centered on Christ, with thankfulness for what He has done for us!

He Empowers Us

Judges 5:31

“‘But may they who love you be like the sun

when it rises in its strength.'”

Be encouraged today as we seek to live in a broken world, in a life that might be messy, yet continue to seek God and his holiness. The ones who follow the Lord, the ones he loves, he will not let them go, but he will guide their steps along the way, protect them from evil, give them strength to run like the noon sun.

Like the Psalm beautifully sings,

“Because you have made the Lord your dwelling place—
    the Most High, who is my refuge—
no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
    no plague come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways.” (Psalm 91:9-11)