READ : Judges 14:1-20
When people think of the Holy Spirit today, they may think of the power of the Spirit in miracles or healing or other spiritual gifts such as tongues. Other people may think of exciting spiritual or emotional experiences. These expressions of the Spirit’s presence are to be welcomed; yet Samson reminds us that the greatest work of the Holy Spirit is within us.
Twice in this chapter we read that “the Spirit of God came upon Samson in power.” Yet Samson seems unconverted by the Spirit: he chooses a pagan wife, makes a foolish wager, and burns with anger. The Spirit is working through Samson, but not in him, it seems.
Many of us desire to see God work powerfully and supernaturally through us, as we should. God may choose to give us some of those abilities, and we should be thrilled when He does. Yet while we desire power to do great things, we should even more greatly desire inner power, which will produce the fruit of the Spirit described in Galatians 5:
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (vv. 22-23).
These fruits are much more wonderful gifts than the external power we may crave.
Jesus, as You live in us, make us like You. Take over every thought and emotion, and fill us with Your character. Amen.