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(260) 17 September : Proverbs 16v27-29 / Judges 16 / Psalm 61v6-8

BEGIN WITH PRAYER
"Lord open my eyes and my heart."

Read slowly so that you take in. And as you do, turn your heart to God, thanking him for the good you discover and praying his will home for you, your family, your church and the world.

Wisdom to chew on

Understanding to grow in
This famous story seems intended to prove that Samson's strength really was from the LORD. Without the hair that signified his being set-apart for God's purposes he was no stronger than anyone else. It reminds us that we are able to serve with all the Lord's energy even despite great weakness (Col 1v29). Through him we can achieve what we might never imagine we would be able to. But there is a shadow of Christ here too. Samson's final act is to give his own life to defeat God's enemies. Christ won his greater victory by such a sacrifice, but also by relying on his Father's strength (Lk 22v43). And it is that strength, that rose him from the dead, that is ours too. As you read note what causes Samson's strength to be under threat.
Judges 16

Finish this reading by pausing to ask yourself:
1) What’s the main thing it teaches me about God or his purposes in Christ? Then praise him for this.
2) What’s the main thing it teaches me about his will for me or the world? Then pray that home.

Devotion to offer up
You could read this aloud and perhaps as a springboard to further prayer.

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