September 29, 2018

God heard the cry of Samson - Bro. T. Stephen

My dearly beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Let us read the word from the book of Judges 15: 7-8, “Since you would do a thing like this, I will surely take revenge on you and after that I will cease. And he smote them hip and thigh with a great slaughter: and he went down and dwelt on the top of the rock Etam”.

The bible records the story of Samson. The Philistines wanted to take hold of Samson and kill him because of the atrocities he did in the land of Ashkelon. He set fire to the grain fields and destroyed the crops because his father-in law had cheated him. The father-in-law had given Samson’s wife in marriage to his companion and so he grew furious and burned the crops. As a revenge, the men grew angry and burned his father-in-law and his own wife.

Three thousand men of Judah went up to Samson and arrested him saying that they would not give him into the hands of the Philistines and would not kill him. They bound him with two new ropes and brought him down from the rock. But when he came to Lehi, the Philistines came shouting against him. It was at that time when the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon Samson and the ropes that were on his arms became like flax, and his bonds broke loose from his hands. Judges 15:15 says, “And he found a new jawbone of a donkey, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men there with.  He threw the jawbone from his hand and called that place Ramath Lehi”.

After all this he became very thirsty; so he cried out to the LORD and said, “You have given this great deliverance by the hand of Your servant; and now shall I die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?” Samson fell on the ground where there was not a brook or well or spring from where he could drink water and quench his thirst. He was at the verge of death because of severe thirst. He called upon God.

He told God, “It is true that You have been with me so long and strengthened me to fight against the Philistines, but now that I am thirsty; will you let me die in the hands of the uncircumcised?” God heard the cry of Samson and God split the hollow place that was in Lehi, and water came out. He drank and his spirit returned and he was revived. He called that place En-Hakkore meaning, ‘If God had not heard his cry and provided him with water he would have died of thirst. Gods plan in his life would not have been fulfilled’. Water also refers to the Holy Spirit.  Believers cannot survive without the Holy Spirit. God hears the cry of his children. Psalm, 34:17 says, ‘The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles’.

The bible tells us of many people who cried out for help. Moses, Hannah, Hezekiah, Ishmael, Jeremiah and many more cried out to the Lord for help and the Lord answered all their prayers.

My dearly beloved, are you thinking that there is no one to hear your cry for help? Stop crying. God has heard all your cries. When God was able to hear the cry of His prophets, will He not hear your cry? Cry out all your problems to God. He will answer you. Every drop of tear is being collected in the vessel at the feet of the Lord. You will surely receive answers to every tear that you have shed at the feet of Jesus. Be strong and do not give up.

God bless you.

Prayer:

Our Loving Heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. I submit my children into your hands. Lord, may You solve all the problems of my children. You are a God who listens to their cry and answers them. Let them know that You are all powerful and You can meet all their needs. Father, may they experience Your love in their lives. In Jesus Name we pray,

Amen.

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