April 20 Blessings Abounding

Scripture reading: Judges 16:1–31

Key verse: Judges 16:28

Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!”

Samson was a man of supernatural strength. Yet even this gift from God did not keep him from seeking to meet his needs his way. And as the result of his wayward living, Samson died a tragic death.

God understands that we have needs, but He wants us to bring those needs to Him. Even the desires we experience are opportunities for God to answer prayer and provide for us in mighty ways.

Unfortunately, sometimes we allow our passions to control us. We overlook the fact that we belong to God, and He has a pathway for us to follow. We strike out on our own only to meet a costly defeat.

Samson had a deep need. Delilah was not the answer. Perhaps his need was to feel that someone loved him. Or it could have been that he had a need to feel worthy. All sin has a root, and that root runs directly to a basic need. When we choose to meet our needs in illegitimate ways, we suffer the consequences of our wrong decisions.

The way Samson’s life ended was not what God desired for him. Yet the Lord knew that Samson would turn back to Him. And at the very end, that was what God’s prophet did.

Don’t wait until the end of your life to enjoy God’s goodness. Make a vital decision to allow Him to meet your needs. When He is in control, blessings abound.

Heavenly Father, when you are in control, blessings abound. So please, take control of every aspect of my life.[1]


[1] Stanley, C. F. (2000). Into His presence (p. 115). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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