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Daily Devotion for May 29, 2024



Samson and Delilah, by Jose Echenagusia, 1887.

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Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.

Amen.

A comforting reminder from Fernando Ortega: “The Lord is with us — As He has been all the days of our lives . . .”




Prayer to Be Close to God

Mighty Lord, I come before you today to thank You for all the blessings that You have given me. Many times my life is so full of busy work that I neglect my relationship with You, and for that I am deeply sorry. I know that You never neglect me, for if You did my very life would cease to be. Continue to pull me to Yourself, guide me in my journey, and hold me close in Your bosom until the day I come home to be with You forever. Be with me now as I gather together with this online community, in Your name, that I and all who pray with me may feel your presence among us. In Jesus precious name I pray.

Amen.

Isaiah 41:10 Bible

To Speak in Sympathy

Lord God, I pray that you will give me the strength to speak up for the woebegotten and those isolated in any way, even when no other person will; let me refrain from the unkind silence created in a hard heart, the unkind silence that clouds the bright sunshine of human sympathy and truth. Give me strength to be the first to speak the tender word of healing and friendship; make your Spirit powerful in my heart, that I may not remain silent when Christian love requires that something be said. And give me a sense of purpose, that I might actively forge the bonds of love among my brothers and sisters in Christ; this I ask in His name,

Amen.

Community of Prayer

I  pray to you, dearest Jesus, for all the graces I need to know you, to love you and serve you faithfully unto death, and to save my soul. Give me a tender and fervent devotion to your sacred passion by which I was redeemed, venerating you each day in prayer, and teach me how to unite sorrows and sufferings of my life with your own.

Amen.

Think of the day ahead in terms of God with you, and visualize health, strength, guidance, purity, calm confidence, and victory as the gifts of His presence.


Today’s “Remember the Bible” Question

What verse teaches us that Scripture is the Word of God?

Answer: 2 Timothy 3:16
“All Scripture is inspired by God . . . .”



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Psalm 63:3-5 (NKJV)

Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fat,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.


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Judges 16:1-8 (ESV)

Samson, Part 8 — Samson Meets Delilah
S

amson went to Gaza, and there he saw a prostitute, and he went in to her. The Gazites were told, “Samson has come here.” And they surrounded the place and set an ambush for him all night at the gate of the city. They kept quiet all night, saying, “Let us wait till the light of the morning; then we will kill him.” But Samson lay till midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the gate of the city and the two posts, and pulled them up, bar and all, and put them on his shoulders and carried them to the top of the hill that is in front of Hebron.

After this he loved a woman in the Valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah. And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, “Seduce him, and see where his great strength lies, and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to humble him. And we will each give you 1,100 pieces of silver.” So Delilah said to Samson, “Please tell me where your great strength lies, and how you might be bound, that one could subdue you.”

Samson said to her, “If they bind me with seven fresh bowstrings that have not been dried, then I shall become weak and be like any other man.” Then the lords of the Philistines brought up to her seven fresh bowstrings that had not been dried, and she bound him with them. Now she had men lying in ambush in an inner chamber. And she said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he snapped the bowstrings, as a thread of flax snaps when it touches the fire. So the secret of his strength was not known.

Then Delilah said to Samson, “Behold, you have mocked me and told me lies. Please tell me how you might be bound.” And he said to her, “If they bind me with new ropes that have not been used, then I shall become weak and be like any other man.” So Delilah took new ropes and bound him with them and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” And the men lying in ambush were in an inner chamber. But he snapped the ropes off his arms like a thread.

Then Delilah said to Samson, “Until now you have mocked me and told me lies. Tell me how you might be bound.” And he said to her, “If you weave the seven locks of my head with the web and fasten it tight with the pin, then I shall become weak and be like any other man.” So while he slept, Delilah took the seven locks of his head and wove them into the web. And she made them tight with the pin and said to him, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” But he awoke from his sleep and pulled away the pin, the loom, and the web.


Notes on the Scripture

We saw before, that the Spirit of God rushed upon Samson and he killed “a thousand men” wielding a jawbone from a dead ass. But Samson’s sheer strength, the characteristic for which he is best known, first appears in Gaza. The Philistines intend to trap him inside Gaza until morning, when they will kill him. But Samson basically laughs at them — he pulls the heavy city gates right out of the ground and carries them up a hill!

But having discovered Samson’s prodigious physical strength, we immediately discover Samson’s weakness — sex. We gasp in disbelief at his blockheaded stupidity. Every time he tells Delilah a fake way to destroy his strength, he wakes up to find that exactly what he has told her has been done to him, and there are Philistines attacking. Does he need a road map?

But this very stupidity in the face of sexual desire repeats itself time and time again, over the course of history and in the world today. Men and women both will commit absurd acts of potential self-destruction in the heat of lust. Why would a sitting President of the United States risk his position for a sleazy encounter with a marginally-attractive intern? Why would near-billionaire Jeffrey Epstein lose his life, simply because he couldn't wait until girls turned 18 to lure them into prostitution?

It seems incomprehensible. Lust, especially when combined with power, has the ability to override cognitive function to the point of self-destruction.



<i>Samson and Delilah</i>, by Alexandre Cabanel, 1878.
Samson and Delilah, by Alexandre Cabanel, 1878.

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