‘Time would fail me to tell of…Samson…and Samuel.’ Hebrews 11:32 NKJV
Samson and Samuel are mentioned in the same Scripture, but there are big differences between them. You ask, ‘Why should I be interested?’ Because as a Christian, you are like them. Each had a miraculous birth, so they’re a picture of those who’ve been born again and called to serve God. Paul writes, ‘These things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition… Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.’ (1 Corinthians 10:11–12 NKJV) Difference one: finances. Samson was greedy and manipulating, whereas Samuel practised integrity. One day Samson bet thirty Philistine princes that they couldn’t solve his riddle, saying, ‘If you cannot explain it to me, then you shall give me thirty linen garments and thirty changes of clothing.’ (Judges 14:13 NKJV) Quite a wardrobe, eh? Samson’s emphasis was ‘you shall give me.’ He’s an example of Christians in business who discredit the cause of Christ by unethical practices, and those in ministry who twist the Scriptures and resort to emotional manipulation to raise money.
The world is watching, so let’s heed the Scripture: ‘Provide things honest in the sight of all men.’ (Romans 12:17 KJV) Samuel was totally different. After forty years of his exemplary leadership, the people paid this tribute to him: ‘You have not cheated or oppressed us.’ (1 Samuel 12:4 NIV) When others can say that about you, you did it right! Jesus said, ‘Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.’ (Matthew 6:21 NIV) The condition of your heart is revealed in how you handle finances.
SoulFood: Phil 1–4, Mt 8:1–9, Ps 79, Prov 2:9–10
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023