You focus on the Lord’s work, He’ll meet your needs

If you’ve never read Judges 15, I encourage you to read it. Samson was one of God’s judges in Israel. He was the man famous for having uncut hair and supernatural strength given by the Lord.

In Judges 15, the Lord uses Samson to destroy a number of Philistines who were the oppressors of Israel at that time. Once Samson completed that work read what happens:

Then Samson said, “With the jawbone of a donkey, I’ve piled them in heaps! With the jawbone of a donkey, I’ve killed a thousand men!” When he finished his boasting, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was named Jawbone Hill. Samson was now very thirsty, and he cried out to the Lord, “You have accomplished this great victory by the strength of your servant. Must I now die of thirst and fall into the hands of these pagans?” So God caused water to gush out of a hollow in the ground at Lehi, and Samson was revived as he drank. Then he named that place “The Spring of the One Who Cried Out,” and it is still in Lehi to this day.” (Judges 15:16-19 NLT)

Samson had just been used mightily by God, yet afterwards he found himself thirsty. The amazing thing here was that the way Samson speaks to the Lord shows an expectation... He seemed to realised that the Lord had to provide for his needs, especially as Samson had just accomplished His work. Right there and then the Lord responds and meets Samson’s need - proving that surely He is Samson’s provider.

This is firstly a reminder for us that we will always have basic needs whilst we are in this body, no matter how greatly we are used of God. The Father knows this, and like Samson, we must know and expect that whilst we focus on carrying out God’s work, He will meet our needs whenever they arise.

The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.” (Psalms 23:1 NLT)

If we get caught up worrying about the things that we need we will never be able to effectively be used by God. Instead, we must seek Him first and His will, trusting that as we step out in faith and obedience He will ALWAYS meet our needs, even if it be by the miraculous.

““So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:31-33 NLT)