As I have been reading through the Bible this month, my attention and thoughts have been towards the theme of the Spring of Life. These thoughts have been reflected as the Lord has brought to the surface different ways the Spring of Life ministers to His people and those He longs to save. Today, my reading landed me within the story of Samson. Well known among bible scholars for his mighty physical strength and his extreme weakness for women he was forbidden to have, I learned something new about this man and in so doing recognized my own dependence on the Spring of Life.
“When he came to Lehi, the Philistines came to meet him shouting. The Spirit of the Lord took control of him, and the ropes that were on his arms became like burnt flax and his bonds fell off his wrists. He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand, took it, and killed 1, 000 men with it. Then Samson said:
With the jawbone of a donkey I have piled them in a heap.
With the jawbone of a donkey I have killed 1, 000 men.
When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone and named that place Ramath-lehi. He became very thirsty and called out to the Lord: “You have accomplished this great victory through Your servant. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?” So God split a hollow place in the ground at Lehi, and water came out of it. After Samson drank, his strength returned, and he revived. That is why he named it En-hakkore (The Spring of the One Who Cried Out), which is in Lehi to this day. And he judged Israel 20 years in the days of the Philistines.” Judges 15:14-20
The Spirit of the Lord had taken control of Samson numerous times up to this point in order to save the Israelites from their surrounding enemies. In the above passage, the Lord had once again taken control of Samson and given him victory over 1,000 men. But after Samson had completed the work God had him do, Samson was VERY thirsty.
What did Samson do when he was thirsty?
He cried out to God.
What was God’s response?
He split the ground and water came out.
Even though Samson was extremely strong, he still needed water. He could not continue to deliver the Israelites from their enemies during the 20 years he was the judge of Israel without the water that can only come from the Spring of Life. It would have been easy for Samson to begin to take the glory for the multitude of men he killed in the name of the Lord because of his own strength and power. But the reality is that Samson still had to rely on God for the very water that sustained Samson’s life.
This is the reminder for me today as I fall so easily into thinking I have everything under control and can do everything in my own strength apart from God. However, the very breath I take each second of every minute of every hour comes from the God who created me and gives me the water my body needs to survive to complete His will and not my own. I can only go so long in my own strength before I too get VERY thirsty. When I cry out to God and drink from the Spring of Life, my strength returns and I am revived. Lord, help me to not wait until I am very thirsty to cry out to you, but to cry out to you even before I am thirsty.