An Encounter with God Changes Everything
Day: 37 | Plan: Joshua-Judges
Today’s Teaching: Judges 13
Judges 13:5 (NIV) “You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”
It’s easy to get frustrated with yourself and think, “My life is so mundane. I’ll never get the opportunity to do something big for God.” Or, maybe you see others pursuing what they want in life and think, “If I didn’t have so many struggles I could be more like them.”
In Judges 13 we’re introduced to Samson who was the final “deliverer” in the book of Judges. He definitely pursued what he wanted in life—no matter what the cost. And over the next few days we’ll read all about the highlights and pitfalls of Samson’s life.
But let’s not focus completely on Samson today. Otherwise we’ll overlook someone very special who played a significant role in his life: his mother.
Scripture doesn’t tell us her name and we don’t have details about her upbringing—although we do know she worked in the fields. Today’s text gives a glimpse of how God dramatically changed her life from what seemed like a mundane situation. Here are four ways God impacted this nameless woman:
1. God was aware of her struggles.
When the angel of the Lord appeared to Samson’s soon-to-be momma the first thing he said was “You are barren and childless” (Judges 13:3b). He could have said “greetings” or “glory to God.” Instead he highlighted what was most likely her biggest struggle in life: infertility. This was no great revelation to her. Who wants to be reminded that their greatest desire is unfulfilled? And, yet the angel of the Lord declared it right from the beginning. God was aware and her struggles had not gone unnoticed.
2. God made her impossible situation … possible.
After pointing out what she didn’t have, the angel of the Lord announced the miracle that was about to take place in her life: “but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son” (Judges 13:3c). Can you imagine the shock and awe? The pure joy? God could have chosen any woman, but He specifically chose her. Could it be that she finally got her “yes” after years of waiting, hoping and praying? God made what she believed to be impossible, completely possible.
3. God did immeasurably more than she could have imagined.
This woman would have been elated just to have a baby, but God exceeded her greatest expectations. Her son wouldn’t be like the other babies she knew. He would have a high calling: “the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines” (Judges 13:5b). And just like that, this nameless woman would become the mother of Israel’s next deliverer. Would she have ever imagined that in her wildest dreams? I don’t think so. God was doing immeasurably more in her life.
4. God gave her a significant role.
This special dedication of the Nazirite vow was assigned to her son, Samson. But for a season in time (about 9 months) she would share the role and take part in this significant vow given by the angel of the Lord: “Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean” (Joshua 13:4). Her role was not a passive one. Her lifestyle would be set apart and dedicated to God as she closely followed His instructions. (Judges 13:13) And her faith was rewarded as God blessed her with a Spirit-filled son. (Judges 13:23-25)
Beloved, just like the woman in this story, God is aware of your struggles too. He knows what your greatest desires are and He can make possible things happen in what seems impossible.
In fact, God can do immeasurably more than you could ever imagine or dream. He is the ultimate dream maker and dream fulfiller. And when you delight yourself in God, He will give you the desires of your heart.
Your life is significant and He has a tremendous role for you to play in His kingdom. Will you trust Him? Will you believe He can do what He says He will do? I promise that an encounter with Him will change everything!
Prayer: Lord, I’m facing some struggles today and I need Your help. My situation seems impossible but I’m trusting that You can make the possible happen. I may be able to hide my struggles from others, but You see them all and You still love me. I’m choosing to believe that You can do immeasurably more than I could ever dream or imagine. My greatest significance will always be found in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.
What is a Nazirite vow? The Nazirite vow is first mentioned in Numbers 6:1-21 and can be taken... Read More
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