Judges 15:18-19, “18 Because he was very thirsty, he cried out to the LORD, “You have given your servant this great victory. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?” 19 Then God opened up the hollow place in Lehi, and water came out of it. When Samson drank, his strength returned and he revived.”, (NIV).
The desire to be victorious in every area is a thirst majority craves for. A desire to let everything run smoothly in one’s life yet we find that there are times you are victorious in one area and a failure in other areas. We are like trees that go through different seasons, the winter, spring, summer and autumn. If you took time to look at trees in these different seasons, you will discover that there is change on how they look. During winter time, their leaves are gone. For someone who may not know may conclude the trees are dead but the truth of the matter is, they are alive and well adjusting to the season in which they find themselves in. Their existence is not dependant on the season, their existence is dependant on the roots that have gone deep underground in search of water and nutrients. So the days they may not look attractive, they still have a way of surviving one season while they wait for the next season.
Is this different from a life of a believer? I don’t think so, we too go through different seasons. There are seasons of great victories, the seasons where everything you touch is blessed, every move you make prospers then there are those times that everything you touch is a disaster. The seasons of defeat, every believer have different seasons. The key is to learn to adapt in every season, causing your roots to go down deep into the ground in search of water provided by the Almighty God, meanwhile you wait and prepare for the next season.
In Judges 15, Samson had such a season of great victory. By just a jaw bone of a donkey, he had killed a thousand men. What a huge success, great victory not by his own hands but by the help of God. Then out of the victory, right in the sun, tired and exhausted, he thirsts for water. He turns to God and cries out to God, “”You have given your servant this great victory. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised” This is to some how say, “God if you gave me victory over one area, will you let me be defeated in another area?” He desired water that may give him strength to survive the heat of the sun. He desired water to revive him to face another season. It’s sad to know that there are people who abandon God when they find themselves in a season that is not comfortable being in. Like Samson, right in that hot season, we can cry to God for water, His words to give us strength and revive us. Just as the disciples said, John 6:68, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life”, seasons had changed for them too from being fed with bread to being fed with the word, many stopped following Jesus and the disciples had a chance to leave too. They knew that instead of turning away in a new season, they desired to cling to the water giver and that is what they did.
Amazing thing about seasons, they change but God remains the same and believers can learn to adapt in every season. The same God who gave Samson strength to destroy God’s enemies is the same God who gave Him water to sustain him in that victory and the life to come. Hebrews 12:2, “… looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith”, blessings Ev