Reading: “And he was sore athirst, and called on the Lord, and said, thou hast given this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant : and now shall I die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised.”—Judges 15:18
Here is a sweet thought, my soul, suggested in these words of Samson. The Lord had wrought a great deliverance for Samson, in the discomfiture of his enemies: and now on a another pressing occasion, he makes this the plea for being again delivered. “Thou hast given,” he said, “this great deliverance into the hand of thy servant, and shall I now die for thirst, and fall into the hand of the uncircumcised?”
It is as if he had said, “Shall my God cease to be God; or shall I now want his help, who has always helped me in what has passed? Has he begun to deliver; and will he now cease to do so? Pause, and when you have made your observations on the blessedness of faith, in the recollection of those that are passed, take the same plea to Jesus for every event which you meet.
Has one like the Son of Man redeemed you, brought you out of the hands of infinite justice, given you this great deliverance, from both the guilt and dominion of sin, taken you into covenant relations with himself, opened a new and living way for you in his blood, and does he ever live to keep it open by his intercession? Is he gone before, to prepare an everlasting fullness of glory for you: enjoyment of himself to all eternity hereafter?
Shall any circumstance now befall you in the way, to cast down your hopes, and to lessen your faith in such a Saviour? Shall any thing arise to frustrate his designs, or ruin thy cause? Is it possible, that any new evil, for which Jesus has made no provision, can happen; or any un-thought-of, unexpected calamity arise? Remember His covenant of redemption—it is “ordered in all things and sure.”
Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2013.