Food 4 the Soul: Samson’s Riddles

Today’s post came from tasty treats that I deemed “Samson’s Riddles.” They are red velvet muffins with a surprise inside of chocolate chips. The chocolate chips offered a depth in flavor not readily seen from the outside. This caused me to think about the riddle that Samson put forth to his wedding guests and how that riddle can impact the Christian life presently.

And he said unto them, Out of the eater came forth meat, and out of the strong came forth sweetness. And they could not in three days expound the riddle. (Judges 14:14)

Samson’s riddle came from his slaughter of a loin whose carcass later had honey in it from a honeycomb. But the actual words of the riddle reveal something for the Christian now. He said that out of the eater came forth meat. This demonstrates that though the adversary is as a roaring lion desiring to devour our faith and hope in Christ, but God can allow the enemy’s attack to develop us and mature us. Remember, Job was allowed to be attacked by the adversary, but it resulted in Job’s blessing and vindication, the same hold true for us, when the “eater” comes to move us from the faith.

The same statement says that out of the strong came forth sweetness. The “strong” represents the hard trials, tests, and tribulations that Christians face. The scriptures state that many are the afflictions of the righteous, but God delivers from them all. This is where the sweetness comes in. Those who are facing difficult times can rest assured that God will bring forth “sweetness” like He promised through Peter: He will strengthen, stablish, and settle you and make you complete and whole in Him. Again, did not the Lord bring forth “sweetness” out of Job’s “strong” afflictions?

We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.” – James 5:11 (NASB)

He will do the same for you as promised in James. Look for and expect a hope and a good future in Christ.

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